Grade 2 News

Newsletter #1: How we Express Ourselves

UOI 1: Who We Are

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central idea: Folk Tales and Fables are creative expressions of our values (morals)

Key concepts: Function, Connection , Perspective

Related concepts: Culture, Creative Expression, Story Elements

Lines of inquiry

  • (Function) Folk Tales as oral traditions
  • (Connection) Morals found in folk tales and fables from diverse cultures
  • (Perspective) Expressing our values through fables

UOI Field Trip

This UOI we will be going to The Puppet Company Theater in Glen Echo. Our scheduled date is January 20th (Friday). Students are exploring all about story telling, creative expression, and elements of a story. Students will explore the story of Goldilocks and the Three bears, classify it as a fairy tale Folk tale or Fable while enjoying a creative way to tell stories. Students will also use this experience to help them create their own Fables containing a lesson and story elements that we have explored.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


This Unit we are finishing up concepts in Module 3 exploring place value to count up and down withing 1000, and solving addition and subtraction by counting up and down. We will be assessed on Module 3 at the end of January and will begin our next Unit in Module 4. In Module 4, students will:

  • develop place value strategies to fluently add and subtract within 100
  • represent and solve one- and two-step word problems of varying types within 100
  • develop conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers within 200.
  • Using a concrete and abstract approach to develop an understanding of the composition and decomposition of units, and they relate these representations to the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction.

English Language Arts

In English Language Arts, students will be exploring many different concepts this unit, we will be exploring:

  • Stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • How characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • Differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • Two or more versions of the same story (Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • Various text features (captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media and retelling the story orally with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
  • Using collective nouns, forming and using frequently occurring irregular plural nouns and reflexive pronouns and reviewing Capitalization rules for Proper Nouns.


What Makes Me Unique – ماللذي يجعلني فريد

Students will be working on writing a paragraph about what makes each of them unique. Students will be expected to describe physical and personality attributes using a variety of appropriate adjectives. Student will be able to correctly use descriptive adjectives, subject pronouns, and nominal sentences

Students will learn about:

· Adjectives and how to correctly form nominal sentences

· Verbs and pronouns associated with daily activities

· Taa’ Marboota and gender differentiation in Arabic

· Students will also read parts of a short folktale in Arabic "جحا وحماره"

ACTFL Standards:

Interpersonal Communication:

I can communicate basic information about my everyday life and I can talk about what I eat, and do.

Presentational Speaking:

I can present information about myself and others using words and phrases like:

  • I can say what I look like
  • I can say what I am like
  • I can say what someone looks like
  • I can say what someone is like
  • I can talk about my daily activities using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.
  • I can name activities in my daily schedule

Presentational Writing:

  • I can copy letters of the alphabet د،ذ،ر،ز
  • I can list my daily activities and write lists that help me in my day to day life.
  • I can label activities and their times in my daily schedule
  • I can write about a familiar experience or event using practiced material

Interpretive Listening:

  • I can recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that I have learned for specific purposes

Science & Social Studies

  • Students are finishing up our Science Investigation into earth materials by evaluating and comparing soil samples and their properties and learning which soils are found in which types of environments as well as which soil is best for planting.
  • Students will be exploring water and its properties and where it can be found around the world in the different states (water, ice, gas) Students compare a variety of solutions to slow down the effects of wind and water erosion on land and why its important.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies students are:

  • Using stories to compare the elements of two different cultures, and their commonalities in the same or similar stories.
  • Explaining ways people of different cultural backgrounds can respect and help to pass on traditions and customs through stories.
  • Exploring examples of how families in the community share and borrow customs and traditions from other cultures.


  • Qura’n:

    · Memorizing Surat Ash-Shams with fluently Tajweed.

    · Learning the meaning of Surat Ash-Shams.

    · Reading and memorizing Surat An-Naml from 18-22.

    · Learning the meaning of this verses and the story of prophet Sulayman with the ant and Hudhud.

    · Learning how to write the Qur’anic words.

Islamic Studies

Islamic studies:

  • Seerah: Continuing the story of prophet Muhammed (SAW) until marriage Khadija.
  • Islamic History: They story of prophet Thamoud and the camel.
  • Fiqh: Recognize the names, timings, and the number of Raka’at of the five daily Fard prayers.
  • Manners: Qualities of a good friend continued discovering other good qualities respect for others.


Students will discover the use of new materials and new techniques like soft pastel and blending techniques, dot painting and paper mache to express their ideas and feelings through Emphasis, unity, balance, repetition, and contrast.

Creative Expression and Production:

Students will demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the

production of art.

Create images and forms from observation, memory, imagination, and feelings

a. Experiment with art media, processes, and techniques and

demonstrate a variety of ways they can be used to express meaning.

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Upcoming Events

Here are some things to look forward to!

  • January 9-27: MAPS testing (2 weeks)
  • January 10: ECA's for term two begin
  • January 11th: SchoolQuran Challenge submission is due (assembly)
  • January 16th: No School MLK Day
  • January 19: School Wide Spelling Bee
  • January 20th: First and Second Grade Field Trip
  • January 23rd: Teacher workday
  • February 1st: Open Minded Passports are due