Program
Lower School

Grade 2

List of 9 items.

  • Art

    Collage, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Sculpting (clay), Video

    Introduction to sketchbook

    LEARNING GOALS FOR ART:

    • Study classical and contemporary artists
    • Demonstrate observational skills (drawing and recording from real life)
    • Learn when and how to use different media for different projects
    • Begin to plan art projects by sketching first
    • Draw from imagination and observation
    • Explore how to use shadow to create a 3-D image
    • Develop patience and reverence for material and subject matter
     
  • Health and Wellness

    BODY HEALTH
    • Make colorful choices at lunch and try something new
    • Manage and understand the importance of self-care routines such as loose teeth/lost tooth, hand washing, and bathing
    • Understand the importance of movement

    SOCIAL HEALTH
    • Develop the 12 Toolbox Project Tools
    • Develop language for creating positive friendships and healthy conflict resolution
    • Develop self-advocacy skills such as asking for help and requesting personal space

    EMOTIONAL HEALTH
    • Develop the concept of personal Identity
    • Name and share feelings
    • Name and understand values of the Hamlin Creed
    • Develop skills to manage uncomfortable feelings
  • Language Arts

    CORE RESOURCES:

    Teachers College Reading & Writing Project by Lucy Calkins
    Unitsof Study for Primary Writing by Lucy Calkins
    GuidedReading by Irene C. Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell
    Variety of spelling resources
    Developmentally appropriate literature
    WilsonFundations™

    LEARNING GOALS FOR READING:

    • Read a variety of genres
    • Build reading stamina
    • Build and develop vocabulary
    • Choose independent reading level books
    • Develop and strengthen fluency
    • Develop comprehension skills
    • Make connections
    • Develop strategies for monitoring for meaning
    • Notate thoughts and feelings to prove/show evidence of one’s thinking
    • Develop envisioning skills while reading (think about five senses when creating a mind picture)
    • Analyze characters and their traits
    • Participate in book conversations and class discussions based on teacher read aloud texts
    • Strengthen understanding of story elements (e.g., plot, characters, setting)
    • Explore elements of non-fiction (table of contents, glossary, index, captions)
    • Use a storyteller’s voice while reading (attention to punctuation, pacing, expression, articulation)
    • Hone decoding skills (e.g., context, phonics, syntax, patterns)

    LEARNING GOALS FOR WRITING:

    FORMS OF WRITING: Fiction; Non-Fiction; Personal Narratives; Poetry; Writer’s Notebooks
    • Use writing process: plan; rough draft; revise; self-edit; teacher-edit; publish
    • Learn to use writer’s notebook to collect thoughts and ideas
    • Write from own experiences
    • Learn to be a reflective writer
    • Focus and organize ideas to create a vignette
    • Construct a personal narrative
    • Incorporate detail, interesting language, dialogue, main idea, etc. into writing
    • Explore various elements of poetry (e.g., rhythm/music, word choice)
    • Write a variety of poems
    • Explore various elements of non-fiction and create non-fiction pieces
    • Write in complete sentences
    • Apply conventions of spelling, mechanics, and grammar

    LEARNING GOALS FOR HANDWRITING:

    CORE RESOURCE: Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, Zaner-Bloser, Inc.
    • Write in manuscript throughout the year
    • Learn and practice lower case cursive alphabet

    LEARNING GOALS FOR LISTENING AND SPEAKING:

    • Follow multi-step directions
    • Actively participate in class discussions
    • Speak clearly and with confidence
    • Ask relevant questions
    • Respond to questions with a complete thought
    • Explain thinking
    • Deliver oral presentations
  • Library & Information Literacy

    CORE RESOURCES:
    Standards for the 21st century Learner AASL
    Adaptation of California School Library Recommended Library Skills

    • Begin to understand simple keyword search in the online catalog to locate books
    • Begin to understand Dewey Decimal classification
    • Define biography books
    • Identify parts of books
    • Recongize and describe the characteristics of award-winning books
    • Recognize specific genres


    ¥    Begin to understand Dewey Decimal classification
    ¥    Define biography books
    ¥    Identify parts of books
    ¥    Recognize and describe the characteristics of award-winning books
    ¥    Recognize specific genres

  • Music

    Philosophy of Zoltán Kodály and Carl Orff

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MUSIC:

    • Gain an appreciation of classical music, world music, and composers through Composition of the Week (COW) program
    • Discover and explore different uses of the voice
    • Understand how voice and body can be a musical instrument
    • Read and write more challenging musical notation (flag eighth notes, crooked eighth notes, whole notes, dotted half-notes)
    • Read two-part music on the staff
    • Learn more complex rhythmic and melodic skills
    • Continue to develop attentive listening skills
    • Continue to develop aural memory
    • Understand and use pentatonic scale (do, re, mi, so, la)
    • Engage in two- and three-part singing through rounds, canons, partner singing, and soprano and alto parts
    • Begin to understand relationship of absolutes (ABCDEFG) in conjunction with solfège
    • Play percussion and Orff instruments
    • Understand own singing voice and its relationship to group
    • Develop performance practice skills (e.g., walking on stage, singing with expressive faces, following a conductor)
  • Physical Education

    LEARNINGGOALS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

    • Demonstrate sportsmanship
    • Develop locomotor skills (e.g., running, hopping, sliding)
    • Develop non-locomotor skills (e.g., bending, twisting, stretching)
    • Develop body awareness
    • Develop hand/eye coordination
    • Develop foot/eye coordination
    • Develop balance
    • Engage in fitness activities
    • Develop ball skill
    • Participate in cooperative games
    • Develop skills for sports
  • Science and Engineering/Computer Science

    THEME: Metamorphosis

    UNITS:
    Simple Machines
    Life Cycles
    Rock Cycles
    Nutrition

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SCIENCE:
    • Practice reading scientific literature
    • Begin to understand mistakes as part of process
    • Perform 3-step Scientific Method
    -    Guess, test, tell
    • Practice Scientific Method
    -    ORHECK (observation, research, question, hypothesis, experiment, conclusion, knowledge)
    • Begin to connect experiments and content
    • Ask scientific questions
    • Sort scientific questions in curiosity box and understand the difference between “what?” and “why?” questions
    • Discuss “what happened” in experiments and begin to theorize why
    • Use and apply technology
    • Practice steps of Engineering Design Process
    -    Identify challenge, brainstorm, design, build, test, evaluate, redesign, share solution
    • Begin to understand concept of “trial and error”
    TECHNOLOGY

    EQUIPMENT TYPICALLY USED: 1:1 iPads; camcorders; desktops; digital cameras; document cameras; headphones; iPods; USB microphones

    APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY USED: Animation software; graphics editing software; Internet browsers; Microsoft® Office Suite; screencasting applications; book publishing applications; IXL; Dreambox; RAZ Kids

    CORE RESOURCES: LEGO® WeDo, LEGO® Education; Hopscotch, Hopscotch Technologies

    LEARNING GOALS FOR PROGRAMMING
    • Motion (move, rotate/turn, change x,y, repeat)
    • Lines (leave a trail, set line width, set line color, clear)
    • Looks (scale by, change costume)
    • Controls (repeat)
    • Develop understanding of positive/negative numbers, x,y coordinates

    LEARNING GOALS FOR ROBOTICS
    • Motors, displays, inputs, sensors
    • Develop understanding of simple machines (gears, pulleys, levers), time, measurement
    MATHEMATICS

    CORE RESOURCE: Bridges in Mathematics Second Edition, Math Learning Center
    Context for Learning Mathematics, Catherine Twomey Fosnot

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MATHEMATICS:

    NUMBER SENSE AND OPERATIONS:
    • Develop understanding of place value to 1,000
    • Count, read, write, and compare numbers to 1,000
    • Skip count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
    • Understand odd and even numbers
    • Use estimation strategies
    • Understand the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction
    • Know addition facts to 20 and subtraction facts from 10
    • Add and subtract with and without regrouping for two-digit numbers
    • Explore multiplication
    • Recognize and name common fractions
    • Explore fractions as parts of a whole and parts of a group
    • Solve addition and subtraction word problems
    • Use visual models and manipulatives to develop conceptual understanding of math concepts
    MONEY
    • Know value of coins to $1.00
    • Know equivalents and make change
    • Solve problems using combinations of coins and bills
    ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
    • Recognize place value patterns on number grid
    • Understand, create, and predict patterns
    • Find missing addends
    GEOMETRY AND MEASUREMENT
    • Identify, describe, classify, and sort two and three dimensional shapes
    • Explore symmetry and construct symmetrical designs
    • Solve spatial problems (2-D and 3-D problems, pattern block problems, tangram puzzles, etc.)
    • Measure length, weight, capacity, area, and perimeter in non-standard and standard units
    • Tell time to the minute
    • Know relationships of time (e.g., minutes in an hour, days in a month)
    STATISTICS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND PROBABILITY
    • Collect, represent, and organize data
    • Interpret graphs
    PROBLEM SOLVING
    • Develop and use a range of effective problem solving strategies
    • Explain problem solving method orally and in writing
    • Develop mental math strategies
  • Social Studies

    UNIT:

    What is a city?
    Intro to Geography & Maps
    San Francisco: past and present
    Immigration
    City Planning 

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • Learn about components of a city
    • Learn about the features, advantages, and disadvantages of urban, rural, and suburban communities.
    • Learn about the needs and wants of cities
    • Learn about the roles and responsibilities within cities
    • Learn the cardinal directions and create compass roses
    • Learn about map symbols, legends, and coordinates
    • Develop and use map skills and make own maps
    • Use maps to navigate San Francisco
    • Learn to identify geographic features and locate them on a physical map.
    • Learn about the cultures in San Francisco
    • Learn about the impact various groups have had on San Francisco’s history and development
    • Explore major events in San Francisco’s history and how they have impacted what San Francisco is today (Earthquakes, Fire)
    • Learn about various important locations and landmarks in San Francisco
    • Begin exploring the links between past and present with a study of San Francisco and how it has changed over time
    • Learn about immigration
    • Study the impact of immigration on San Francisco (Gold Rush, Angel Island) 
  • World Language: Spanish

    CULTURAL CONTENT: Spanish Across the Globe

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SPANISH:

    • Geography
    • Traditions
    • Develop global awareness
    • Develop an “ear” for the language
    • Strengthen listening comprehension
    • Develop speaking skills
    • Develop sound recognition and pronunciation skills
    • Build and develop vocabulary
    • Develop grammar skills
    • Practice reading and writing
Please note: The K-8 Curriculum Guide is an articulation of the core aspects of the academic program at Hamlin; it is not intended to capture every concept and skill that is taught. Moreover, the K-8 Curriculum Guide will not reflect additional topics of study, which are inspired annually by student interests, teacher creativity, and current events.

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