1st/2nd Split and 2nd TWDL

 This year in Language Arts we will be working towards implementing a five part approach to our work on reading and delving deeper into comprehension skills and strategies with a goal of producing independent, life-long readers. We will have an emphasis on non-fiction texts and strategies used to read them. As students read, they will learn that they read for different purposes: to become familiar with authors’ styles and language, to study genres, to gain information, and most importantly, to enjoy literature. When possible, integration of science and social studies topics is included.

  In Writer’s Workshop, second graders experiment with many different forms of writing such as personal narratives/memoires, essays, poetry, and reports. Some writing activities are completed as assigned topics, and others are topics of student choice. Guided writing activities directed by the teacher provide models of writing forms and styles. Children work with writing, revising, editing, and publishing their very own stories. Spelling and vocabulary work are incorporated into writing and oral language activities, as well as, Words Their Way strategies.

 Mathematics lessons are taught in workshop format. This allows time for individual instruction and addresses all levels of understanding. Use of manipulatives, games, skill practices, thinking stories/problem solving, and stations are a part of the routines. Quick master of addition and subtraction facts to 18 is an emphasis. 

 In social studies, we teach the children about citizenship, communities, landforms, American and Texas symbols, geography, and economics. Children are exposed to an overview of American history and learn about specific American heroes (Paul Revere, Robert Fulton, Sojourner Truth, Irma Rangel, John Hancock, Theodore Roosevelt, W.E.B. Du Bois, George Washington Carver, Abigail Adams, WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS), Navajo Code Talkers, Amelia Earhart, and Thurgood Marshall). 

 Through our science curriculum, some of the topics the children will study are: changes caused by forces and motions, physical properties, weather, environmental factors; rocks; organisms and their needs; science safety procedures; and properties of matter. Investigations and observations made will stimulate interests in science.

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