Grade 2



Our Grade 2 students (7 to 8 years old) study six units of inquiry.

These units of inquiry enable students to extend their understanding of human society, focusing on themselves and others within their own community as well as other communities that are distant in time and place. They will investigate how and why groups are organized within communities, and the ways in which communities reflect the cultures and customs of their people. They will recognize the interdependency of systems and their function within local and national communities. They will increase their awareness of how people influence, and are influenced by, the places in their environment. Students will explore the relationship between valuing the environment and protecting it. They will extend their understanding of time, recognizing important events in people's lives, and how the past is recorded and remembered in different ways.

Language and Mathematics scope and sequence outline the expectations for our Grade 2 students.

The units of inquiry are:


  Planning
  Family Histories 
  Signs and Symbols
  Healthy Choices 
  Water 
 Forces



The units of inquiry are outlined in detail below.

FAMILY HISTORIES
Central Idea: Family histories provide an insight to our cultural and personal identity.

During this unit students inquire into family ancestry, artifacts, heirlooms or rituals that have meaning in a family, and the similarities and differences between generations within a family. Each school year we invite parents in to come and share their family stories and traditions.


SIGNS AND SYMBOLS

Central Idea: A variety of signs and symbols help communicate local and global information.

During this unit students inquire into what signs and symbols are, what they are used for and the important features that facilitate effective communication. Each school year students walk around our local environment and visit the local community to identify signs and symbols used.


WATER
Central Idea: Water is essential to life, and is a limited resource for many people.

During this unit students inquire into where water comes from, its uses, the distribution and availability of useable water and our responsibilities regarding water. Each school year students visit an aqueduct and various water sources.