Lyn Hoopes visited our classroom to share some of her poetry and guide children in creating their own poems. These poems were inspired by a landscape photograph that children also represented through a weaving in art class. These pieces of art work will be displayed in the hall for Arts and Poetry Night on April 19th. Children continue to listen to their poet's ear in class as they finish up their landscape poems and write additional poems.
What we've been up to...
In social studies, we began the week by looking at the world map and identifying the continents and oceans. The goal is for students to understand the difference between a town/city, state, country, and continent. We spent time looking at the world map in order to learn where the continents and oceans are located. This spring, we will continue discussing the topic of community and good citizenship with our focus on global citizens. The goal is for second graders to understand that the world is connected and there is only one planet. Through our discussions, readings, and visitors, students will understand that our actions can have a direct or indirect impact on other people around the world.
The class created a list of “wants” and “needs” of an individual. The list of “wants” was quite extensive while the list of “needs” only had four items on it (food, water, shelter, clothes). We discussed how food, water, shelter, and clothing are basic human rights that everyone should have access to, but everyone does not. Having this awareness allows the children to think about ways that they can help others on a global level.
To help us understand the global world, we will be reading about individuals that are actively making a difference in the world. We are in the process of creating a bulletin board of any global connections and information that we learn about over the next few weeks. The board is a work in progress and will be added to the more we learn.
To strengthen our understanding of the global community, we would love the student to be exposed to as many different countries and cultures as possible. Since we cannot travel the world, we would like like the world to come to us! If you or a family member would be interested in discussing a country of importance, please email me and we can set up a time for you to visit the class. Another way to get involved would be to share photos or read a story related to the country and culture that is meaningful to you. The more exposure the students have to different cultures, the better they will understand how the world is connected.
Other Curriculum Highlights:
Second graders are now using reader’s theater scripts during Book Club. We discussed as a class how readers theater will help strengthen our second grade reading goals: decoding, comprehension, fluency (and expression), and stamina.