Welcome To 2nd Grade
Theme- Traditions and Celebrations Grade 2
Length of Unit -5 weeks
Description-In this unit, students will learn why traditions and celebrations are important.
Overview-In this unit I will use Flat Stanley to help students learn about the United States. As an introduction, we read Flat Stanley By Jeff Brown via the internet website http://findpdf.net/ebooks/books-about-flat-stanley-free-download.html and discuss.
As a class, we continue to read about Flat Stanley using a class set of the chapter book entitled Flat Stanley and the Us Capital Commotion. Student’s spelling and vocabulary words for this unit are derived from the text as well as weekly short stories.
In addition, friendly letters written by the students, along with Flat Stanley are sent out to a family or friend of each student living in a different area of the United States with a request that Stanley is returned with a description and pictures of his adventures while in their care. Students share these letters and pictures with their classmates. Stanley’s travels are tracked on a class map as well as an individual map by each student.
After receiving their letters, students are asked to write a reflection in their journal on what they learned about the state in which Flat Stanley had his adventure.
At the end of the unit, students write and illustrate their own original story of Flat Stanley. These stories are then shared with their peers in small literary circles. There are also traditional written assessments in the form of spelling tests, as well as, vocabulary, comprehension, geography, map skills, and critical thinking questions.
Essential Question-Why are family and our American traditions important??
Catholic Identity Elements- Students will learn about the many traditions and celebrations of the Catholic Church. Using our text Blessed Are We, The Eucharist , and additional activities we will discuss the meaning of the Eucharist, the sacraments, the importance of the mass, and how to serve and care for others. The students will learn vocabulary such as Body of Christ, The Eucharist, Communion, Matrimony, Holy Order, Prayers of the Faithful, the Gospel, Works of Mercy, and the Peace of Christ.
This focus unit will be a cross curriculum unit with the main theme of U.S. geography, celebrations, and traditions. We will use the character of Flat Stanley created by Jeff Brown as our focal point. To introduce the unit, the class will read Flat Stanley By Jeff Brown and discuss.
Throughout the unit, the second grade students will continue to learn about the geography of the United States as they digitally collaborate with a friend or relative to learn more about one particular state. Each student shares their information with the class via an e-mail response with picture attachments for viewing on the smartboard. These will be sent to the teacher’s school e-mail address for pre-screening to ensure appropriate communication.
Students will then reflect on what they learned through discussion in class. In addition, we will use the smartboard to track Flat Stanley’s travels. Through this, I will be able to create maps for group collaboration.
Additionally throughout the unit, students work together in small groups of 2 or 3 to complete related multi-subject learning centers including Math (measuring Flat Stanley from several angles, word problems with Flat Stanley), Science (wind- create a Flat Stanley kite and discover how it can fly without wind), Social Studies (timeline of events from the novel), ELA (writing and word work using new vocabulary from the text), Geography (find the states and label), and Technology (ipad app, Shake the States and a Flat Stanley website, www.flatstanleybooks.com/kids-games.aspx
To wrap up the unit, in pairs, students will collaborate on an original story including illustrations via Google Docs. Peer assistants will be encouraged for this activity. These stories will then be presented to their classmates on the classroom smartboard. There will also be traditional written assessments in the form of spelling tests, as well as, vocabulary, comprehension, geography, map skills, and critical thinking questions.