2nd Grade

Second Grade Syllabus

 Second Grade Syllabus  


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Unit 4

Ancient Greece

Summary of Unit (Social Studies):

This unit will be our first social studies topic of the year and we will learn all about Ancient Greece!  The students will be exposed to the geography of Ancient Greece, the important city-states, Athens and Sparta,  and the Trojan and Peloponnesian Wars.  They will learn a new genre of fiction called myths.  Within our myths, we will learn about the Gods and Goddess and Odysseus. Students will continue to examine fictional texts and identify challenges these characters faced, their traits, the central idea of the stories, and the lessons the stories are teaching.  We will make text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. 


Curriculum: In Unit 4, students will be exposed to many fictional stories in the genre of myths.  They will be assessed on the content taught about Ancient Greece. They will also be assessed on the challenges the characters in the myths they read go through, character traits, lessons they learn from stories,central/ main idea and reading comprehension. 

Home Connection:  Have your child read for at least 20 minutes each night with Raz-kids or Epic! and choose one comprehension strategy to answer about the reading.  

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Curriculum: In Unit 4, students will be writing an opinion essay based on information learned in Reading. In this opinion piece, students will introduce the topic from our Ancient Greece unit they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Home Connection:  You can also help your child with opinion writing by asking them their opinion about things and having them give you reasons for their opinion.   Have them give you 2-3 reasons to back up their opinions.  For example: Ask which do you like more apples or bananas? Another example is: What is your favorite _________ (ice cream, game, book, etc.) and why?  

Materials: Notebook, pencil, Opinion Writing Checklist and Rubrics, Portable word walls, and text from the unit.


Curriculum:  In our current unit students will work on their fluency of adding within 100.  Students will work on mastery of place value and renaming place values using the HTO chart and base ten models.  They will use place value to help them add and subtract within 1,000. They will add and subtract multiples of 100. Students will also solve problems using the following strategies: HTO chart, number line and vertical way.  

Home Connection: Please practice adding and subtracting multiples of ten.  Also, students can practice mastering their skills following their individualized Skill Plan on IXl.  



2nd grade students will make connections to their ELA Units by creating vases inspired by Ancient Greece pottery using traditional Greek patterns and designs. Students will observe different types of greek pottery and vases, and choose a vase shape they would like to draw. Students will draw traditional Greek patterns onto their vase, as well as paint them. Students will continue studying fundamental drawing and painting strategies while using elements of art. 


Parent & Student Voice

Thank you to all the families that made our Fantastic Fiction Book presentations a success! We know projects like this often involve the whole family! Your children are all becoming eloquent and confident public speakers!

 Students displaying their favorite fictional book.