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     reading .            Reading: Unit 1 Reading Routines and Habits: Goals, Strategies, and Fluency

    What is this unit all about?

    This unit, Reading Routines and Habits: Goals, Strategies, and Fluency, aims at helping second graders begin the new year with the best possible start.  It is designed as an introduction to second grade reading workshop.  Students will learn procedures for working as a classroom community, reading independently, and working with partners. It also focuses on revisiting/reviewing reading habits and behaviors taught last year and increasing volume, stamina, and conversations about text.

    Students will understand that:

    • Readers monitor their understanding of the text.
    • Readers can collaborate with other readers.
    • Goal setting helps us grow as readers.
    • Readers have routines and procedures.


    With these enduring understandings they will be able to answer:

    Questions:

    • How do routines and habits help me solve problems and make sense of text?
    • How do readers think before, during, and after reading?
    • How do readers get ready to share books with partners, retelling important parts that stood out, and talk about what was learned?
    • Why is setting goals essential to our reading life?
    • What is Reader’s Workshop? 

    Goals:

    • Students will independently use their learning to prepare and plan for partner discussions.
    • Students will independently use their learning to identify strategies for staying focused and building stamina.

     

     writing .      Writing:  Unit 1 Launching into Writing Workshop: Improving Narrative Writing Using Mentor Texts

    Unit Overview
    What is this unit all about?

    This unit, Launching into Writing Workshop: Improving Narrative Writing Using Mentor Texts, aims at helping second graders begin the new school year with the best possible start.  It is designed as an introduction to second grade writing workshop.  Students will learn procedures for working as a classroom community, writing independently, and working with partners.  Students will be exposed to the conventions of English grammar including sentence structure and parts of speech.  It also focuses on improving narrative writing using mentor texts.  The use of mentor texts can demonstrate the necessary character development, overall structure of a story, and word choice of narrative writing

    Students will understand that:

    • Studying other authors’ writing improves our own writing.
    • Our experiences are the building blocks for the content of our writing.
    • Writers follow a plan to organize their writing.
    • Writers have routines and procedures to follow in a workshop setting.

     

    With these enduring understandings they will be able to answer:

    • Questions: 
      • How do writers improve their own writing by examining others?
      • How do experiences support writing?
      • How does having a plan help writers improve their writing?
      • How does Writer’s Workshop make us a better writer?
    • Goals:
      • Students will independently use their learning to demonstrate their writing stamina and proficiency through the writing process.
      • Students will independently use their learning to apply the craftsmanship of other authors to their own work.
     
    math         Math: Unit 1 Building a Mathematical Community While Working with Numbers Within 20

    What is this unit all about?

    A priority for this unit is to establish a foundation for all mathematical work by creating a positive and respectful climate for learning. The goal is for students to feel safe to engage in discourse around mathematical topics. Such mathematical discourse can reveal understandings and misunderstandings, boost memory, promote deeper reasoning, foster language development, and support the development of social skills. This mathematical community will encourage learners to have a mathematical mindset in which they persevere and learn from mistakes. 

    Students will understand that:

    • Building a mathematical community is an integral part of math
    • Determining equal groups of numbers or objects creates foundations for math strategies
    • Pairing objects or numbers is a method that can be used to determine if a number is odd or even
    • Mental math strategies are dependent upon understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction

     

    With these understandings they will be able to answer:

    • Why is a mathematical mindset important?
    • How are even and odd numbers determined?
    • How is repeated addition related to odd and even numbers?
    • Students will understand the importance of building a mathematical community
     science      Science:  Science will begin in the second quarter per the Cabarrus County Schools pacing guide.

     

     
    ss                  Social Studies: Unit 2  Understanding the Past
     
    In this unit, Understanding the Past, we will use a variety of resources to demonstrate how things have changed from past to present. This will include Timelines of their own life as well as looking at Timelines of Historical Figures. They will use a variety of genres to understand different time periods and how life has changed.
     
    Students will know:
    • Terms: key event, past, present, future, timeline, chronological thinking, biography, autobiography, primary and secondary resources, artifacts, genre.
    • How to identify, compare and order key events on a timeline.
    • How to use a variety of genres (nonfiction, biographies, autobiographies) to understand different time periods and historical figures.
    • Why it is important to compare perspectives.
     
    Students will be able to:
    • Make a timeline detailing key events of his/her life or the life of someone else.
    • Demonstrate chronological thinking by visually distinguishing among years, decades, etc. using a timeline to provide historical information showing sequencing of events.
    • Investigate historical figures using a variety of sources.
    • Identify and compare characteristics indicative to a particular time period when viewing media. (photographs, pictures, interviews, etc...