This week Year 2 began a new unit on Sharing the Planet. Year 2s started with a Minecraft provocation: they were given a brand new island with trees, plants, and animals and were asked to build something. Later in the week, we returned to the computer lab to discover that the island had drastically changed!
Here are some of the comments/questions from this activity:
‘We had a lot of fun playing minecraft nut where did all of the trees and animals go?’
‘We had to cut down all of the trees to build our houses. Is this what’s happening in real life?’
‘What other resources can we use to build things other than trees so we don’t have to destroy animals’ home?’
Central Idea: Within environments living things coexist in delicate balance.
Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into…
- Different habitats and their features.
- How living things respond to changing environments.
- Human impact on the environment.
Form- What is it like?
Change – How is it changing?
Responsibility-What are our responsibilities?
Habitat, Balance, Interconnectedness
Acquisition of Knowledge
Learner Profile Attributes: Caring, Reflective
Language Focus: Persuasive writing – state your point of view, include supporting facts and examples, teach readers how they can help and what action they can take.
Home Learning Activities you can do to support your child: Give students opportunities to form and defend their own opinions, ask them to give examples or supporting evidence. For example, if they want 10 more minutes to play, ask them to persuade you!
Math Focus: Data handling – using tally marks, bar graphs, pictographs, venn diagrams, and carroll diagrams to collect information.
Home Learning Activities you can do to support your child: if you are reading the paper or an article that includes various types of graphs, share the graphs with your child and ask them what information they see represented. If your child has a question, help them create a chart or graph which they can use to record the data. Walk around your neighborhood and tally how many _____ can you find? Play I-Spy and keep a tally chart – how many times did you spy each color?
Science Skills: Making observations, using scientific vocabulary, generate questions, identify areas of interest for further study.
Social Studies Skills: Identify roles, rights, and responsibilities in society.
Home Learning Activities you can do to support your child: Posing questions about the natural world, the resources we use, and what actions we take to protect the environment. Give your child a chance to explore your home environments (backyards, playground areas, gardens). Go snorkeling or for a beach walk on the weekend and see if you can spot any living things!
I will be travelling from Thursday 23rd February- Thursday 02nd March. If you have any major concerns during this time please speak to the substitute teacher or email me with your questions/concerns and I will follow up as soon as I get back to Angola. Enjoy your long weekend!