Grade 2 News

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Upcoming Events:

Friday, Jan. 29: Last day of Semester 1 (Reports go home)

Feb. 1 - 7 Feb: Winter Break

Feb. 8: Classes resume (first day of swimming)

Feb. 17 & 18: Three-Way Conferences

Upcoming Field Trips:

Thursday, Jan. 14 - 2c Library Visit

Friday, Jan. 15 - 2d Library Visit

Thursday, Jan. 28 - 2a Library Visit

PE: Swimming Semester 2

Swimming starts on Monday, Feb. 8!

Place: Stadtbad Mitte, Gartenstraße 5 10115 Berlin - Mitte

Start Date: Monday, 8th February 2016

Equipment: swimming costume, towel, flip-flops, 10 cents for the hair drier and goggles.


  • 2A 8:00-8:45

  • 2C 8:50- 9:35

  • 2D 9:40- 10:25

  • 2B10:30- 11:15

*** 2a students should be at the pool by 7:50 in order to change and be in the pool by 8!

Note from the teachers

We are excited about the current unit on How the World Works! This unit gives many opportunities for students to explore their curiosity about inventors and inventions and be creative! We encourage students to research and bring in materials from home and present interesting findings to the class. This is an important part of the ACTION component for PYP learning! Please read about the unit below to see how you can encourage action!

We also welcome any parents who might have expertise in science or technology to come and share an experiment or talk about your experience!

Ways to help at home

  • Encourage students to look for simple machines at home or around the city!
  • See an example of a simple machine in a magazine or newspaper? Or have real examples at home? Bring them in to share!
  • Have a cool science book at home? Bring it in to share with the class!
  • Play the websites below for more opportunities to learn about geometry and science!

Unit of Inquiry: How the World Works

Central Idea: People apply their understanding of forces and energy to invent and create

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Inventions that impact people's lives
  • How circumstances lead to the creation of important inventions
  • How understanding forces and energy helps inventors

Profiles: inquirers, knowledgeable

Attitudes: creativity, curiosity

Unit Vocabulary:

motion, force, energy, friction, invent, create, machines, inventions, push, pull, heat, light, movement, electricity

Language concepts:

  • Instructional writing
  • Practice using dictionaries
  • Use punctuation to add meaning to writing
  • Practice editing own work

Spelling Investigations:

  • compound words (ex: sunshine, rainbow, classroom)
  • contractions (ex: don't, I'll, we've)

Mathematics concepts during this unit:

  • identify and describe various two-dimensional shapes (rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon, pentagon, semi-circle and octagon) and three-dimensional figures (i.e., cubes, prisms, pyramids)
  • sort and classify 2d and 3d shapes by their geometric properties (i.e. number and shape of faces)
  • estimate, measure and record the capacity and/or mass of an object, using a variety of non-standard units

Number Skills this semester (continued outside of the unit):

  • Place value to 1,000
  • Add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers
  • Skip counting by 2, 5, 10 and 100 (forward and backward)
  • Continue to interpret word problems

Grade 2 Learning in Action



Students started the school year with a narrative about their winter holidays. Hereby, we are learning to use a variety of sentence starters such as dann, danach, am Anfang, am Wochenende, zuerst, and als nächstes. We also thought about our New Year's resolutions. Hereby, we wrote down what we would like to learn this year, what we would like to improve and who we would like to get to know better.


We have used these past 2 weeks for the following spelling investigations:

- compound nouns

- singular nouns with a, o, u, and au

- plural nouns with ä, ö, ü, and äu

Ways to help at home

1. Please continue to read with your child at home. When reading identify compound nouns in the text.

2. Think about singular and plural nouns where a vowel changes to an Umlaut (der Kopf - die Köpfe, der Hut - die Hüte, der Ball - die Bälle, der Baum - die Bäume).

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