In second grade, students will explore the characteristics and aspects of biographies. Students will read various biographies and will discover the different pieces of information that are given in biographies, such as information on a person's birth, death, their career, their family life, etc. Time lines are discussed with students as they learn how to read and create their own. Using the program, Time Liner 5, students are able to create their own time lines about themselves. This progam is easy to follow and by answering a few questions, the program will set the time line up for the students so all they have to focus in on is entering their data. With this program, students are able to create time lines to whatever length of time the choose. They can create them according to years, weekly, daily, etc. Students are able to enter in graphics and design their time line any way they want with features such as allowing labels, being able to have a horizontal or vertical time line and being able to merge and compress their time line. Students are able to save their unfinished work and be able to open their existing time line the next time they log on to the program.
Towards the beginning of 2nd grade, students review and practice identifying story elements in various books. Using the program Kidspiration, students are able to create graphic organizers, displaying the different story elements from a particular book. Kidspiration is a kid-friendly version of the program, Inspiration. Kidspiration allows each story element; characters, setting, problem, and solution, to be a different bubble in your graphic organizer. The organizer is a great visual display that allows students to easier identify these element in stories. Students are able to add graphics to their organizer and through this program, complete activities in reading and writing, science, social studies, and other various subject areas.
After introducing geometric shapes, using the program Kid Pix Deluxe 3 students can create pictures using only geometric shapes that are discussed or taught in class. This activity will help students to become more formiliar with identifying these shapes. The students can click on any of the shape symbols that are given, to add them to their picture or they can use the "draw" function to draw their own geometric shapes. Students can design their picture by adding color to it or selecting a background to add. After the students have created their pictures, they can trade their picture with a partner to have their partner identify all the shapes they see. The partner can also go back into the Kid Pix Deluxe 3 program to use the "type" function to add labels to their partner's picture by labeling the shapes they see.
This 2nd grade WebQuest was created by Michelle Schafer to help engage students in graphing and to give them more of an authentic problem to work with in math. For this project, students are broken into groups and are asked to collect, analyze, and represent the data they collect on the student's favorite candy to a pretend candy company. In completing this WebQuest, students will have the opportunity to work in small groups to collectively come up with ideas on what data to collect, how to collect the data and how to display the data.
In 2nd grade, students explore the four stages of a butterflies life cycle. Using the program, Power Point, students are able to create a slide for each of the four different cycles of the butterflies life. Students are able to add both text and pictures into each of their slides. Students can be taught how to add labels to their slides and can then label the body parts of the larva and butterfly. Students can explore more with the program by learning how to add animations to each of their slides and how to change the background designs and colors. The slides can be put together to create a slideshow. The slideshow can be shown the following year when the upcoming 2nd graders are being introduced to the new science unit.
A WebQuest on the 2nd grade Science unit of Butterflies was created. In participating in this WebQuest, students will be able to explain the growth stages of a butterfly, where they live, and what butterflies eat. Students will also be able to identify a butterflies body parts and be able to take care of butterflies. It is hoped that students will also be able to see and recognize the many different types of butterflies. Students will create a KWL chart in this WebQuest and links are given to pictures of butterflies and their life cycle.
For the Social Studies Curriculum, students explore what a democracy is, what the role and responsibilies are of a good leader and how to lead and vote in an election. Teachers can hold a mock election in their classroom for a designated classroom job. Teachers can take the students through the election process of making speeches, filling out ballots and electing a new leader. Using the program, Graph Club, students can learn how to tally the votes from the election and represent the data in several formats. The program allows students to create pie , bar, and/or pictographs. Students are able to represent the data in various ways, including percentages and fractions. Students can also insert graphics to represent the different variables.