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

Readers Theater

UOI Field Trip

This UOI we will be going to The Puppet Company Theater in Glen Echo. Our scheduled date is April 19th (Thursday). Students are exploring all about story telling, creative expression, and elements of a story as well as characterization and perspective. Students will explore the story of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Pigs, enjoying a creative way to tell stories through theater and life size puppetry. Students will also use this experience to help them create their own Fables containing a lesson and story elements that we have explored. The story will explore the Big Bad Wolf character from both traditional stories in which the big bad wolf gets to tell his side of the story. This will be a new and interesting twist on the familiar stories children have already heard.

What Are We Learning This Unit?


This Unit we are finishing up concepts in Module 5 exploring place value to add and subtract using different strategies withing 1000, and solving addition and subtraction word problems. We will be assessed on Module 5 Monday April 16th and will be moving on to Module 6. Our next Unit in Module 6, students will:

  • Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members
  • Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows
  • Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number

Small Groups: Students are working on skills in a variety of areas based on their individual needs to not only extend what we are doing in math but also to give them one on one and small group instruction in their observed areas of improvement. Small groups meet with the teacher throughout the week to work on skills in the other areas of math including measurement and data, geometry, numbers and operations as well as developing their math skills like problem solving and number sense. For more information on your shilds small group math progress and goals please see the grade book assignment "small group math" which will be posted in each students individual grade book comments.

Module 6 Lessons 1-4 Parent Tips

Parents can see sample problems and more information about what their students are learning in Math.

Module 6 Lessons 5-9 Parent Tip Sheets

Parents will get more information about what we are learning in Module 6 lessons 5-9

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.
  • Use verbs correctly in past tense
  • Identify shades in meanings of words (like happy, excited, ecstatic)
  • Use apostrophes when forming contractions.

In addition to this we will be doing 'Readers Theater' which is when students read through scripted stories that will allow them to tell stories while working on fluency goals and characterization. Students will get to practice reading on their level while exploring Folk Tales and Fables and working on the fluency goal of "Voracious Reading"

In Small group: students are exploring individual reading levels and reading goals which will target their needs as readers. Students are working to build their vocabulary, improve their fluency, comprehension, and accuracy when reading.

Reading Parent Strategies

Parents can explore our class goal of Voracious reading and expanding vocabulary to practice at home



What Makes Me Unique – ما الذي 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"

New vocabulary:

انا احب،أنا لا أحب، لون، حيوان، فصل، فواكه، المفضل، طويل قصير، نحيف، جميل، وسيم، قوى، سعيد ، حزين ، غضبان ، فرحان


· 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:

  • History: students are going to learn the Story of prophet Adam and his son’s Qaabeel and Haabeel (their feeling toward each other).
  • Adab: students are going to learn the Duaa for when you feel angry or sad or happy (examples from the prophets Duaa’s).
  • Seerah: Muslim persecution.
  • Aqidah: revealed books and Qur'an.
  • Fiqh: The fasting, why we are fasting and how we do the correct fasting.

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

Presentation Writing:

  • 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

Social Studies

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.


ELA: Students are completing Vocabulary Unit homework in which they explore words we are learning in class and their meaning. Students will need to know what these words mean by the end of the UOI this assignment is due on: Wednesday May 9th.

Students are also completing their reading log for the month of April with a connection to the learner profile which is due on May 1st. This will be our last reading log of the year in ELA so make it the best!

MATH: Students are completing their weekly spiral review. If you have a question that is not apparent or that your student can not figure out on their own please check managebac for the answer key which will allow you to see how to work the problem and the answer. This is available for parents to be able to see how a problem is solved.

Please also Check managebac as their are a few other assignments for ELA that are listed throughout the Unit.


Students will be introduced to figurative and abstract art and how they are means to express feelings, they will also discover the use of new materials and techniques like soft pastel blending and dot painting to express their ideas 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.

Upcoming Events

Here are some things to look forward to!
  • Raising Amazing (April 15)
  • Discovery Day (April 17)
  • Field Trip (Puppet Company)
  • Picture Day (April 20)
  • STEM Fair Event (April 29)
  • MAP Testing
  • 5/6 Grade Exhibition
  • Ramadan (and Ramadan Schedule) May 14 (May change based on the sighting of the moon)