Meadows, Forests, and Mountains

Second and third grade students students work together in multi-grade classes. Each of the three classrooms, the Meadows, the Mountains, and the Forests, is a wonderful mix of second and third grade students.

To ensure that all students interact with interesting challenges, students follow a two year cycle of study. In this two year cycle, each year brings new topics. At the same time students also progress through the skill expectations that are appropriate to their age.

Mathematics instruction continues in the TERC Investigations curriculum. Below is a summary of the science, social studies, and language arts themes for each term each year. As always, students’ own interests, experiences, and background knowledge inform how each study progresses.

Additional areas of instruction include music, art, physical education, library, Spanish, and daily experiences in the Shared Space.

Cycle 1: Celebrating Community

Second and third grade students do a lot of walking. They explore communities, using Hoboken as a classroom.  They ask a lot of questions, and visit places in Hoboken that help them explore the answers.  For example, the question how do people worship? leads to a walking trip to the Hoboken Synagogue or Our Lady of Grace Church.

Hoboken has a history of different communities that have existed in this square mile. As we ask community questions at each place that we will visit, we will find out so much more about where people have come from. What art and architecture they have created.  What stories they have to tell. At the same time, of course, we will find out more about ourselves! In our end of the year community celebration, we will have so much to share together.

The Hoboken study students will stretch out to the world, experiencing celebrations not only in Hoboken, but around the globe. From the Lunar New Year to Passover to the Cherry Blossom Festival, children will celebrate a world of traditions. Then, in the spring, students will take on a research project, that begins with a deep study of a world country and ends with an exhibition at a grand “Community Expo” in June

Fall Term: Celebrating Hoboken Communities

Social Studies: Hoboken Walks, Diversity and Community, Culture & Tradition, Maps,

Science: Animal Studies and Life Cycles/Urban Wildlife (Life Science)

Language Arts: Studying Authors (Daniel Pinkwater); Reading Nonfiction (Hoboken Study and Research);

Writing Genres: Personal Narrative Writing, Informational Writing

Mathematics: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System; 2-D & 3-D Geometry & Measurement,

World Celebrations: Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Diwali

December Mini-term: Celebrating Together

Social Studies: World and Local Maps

Science: States of Matter (Physical Science)

Language Arts: Enjoying Fantasy

Writing Genres: Persuasive Writing, Letter Writing

Mathematics: Data Analysis

World Celebrations: Saint Nicholas’ Day, Santa Lucia’s Day, Las Posadas

Winter Term: Celebrating Global Travels

Social Studies: International Holidays and Celebrations, Following and Mapping Great Trails – the Iditarod

Science: More States of Matter (Physical Science and Engineering)

Language Arts: Reading a Mystery Series; Close reading of Biography; Reading Poetry

Writing Genres: Writing Gripping Narratives, Realistic Writing, Poetry Writing

Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Change (Using Tables and Graphs); Multiplication & Division (Grade 3); Place Value with Addition and Subtraction (Grade 2), Fractions & Decimals

World Celebrations: Epiphany, Lunar New Year, Saint Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day

Spring Term: Celebrating our World

Social Studies: Family Heritage and Immigration, Global Art, Music, and Dance, Using World maps

Science: Rocks and Minerals (Earth Science)

Language Arts: Exploring World Folklore, Storytelling near and far.

Writing Genres: Retelling Folk Tales, Writing Research (Community Studies)

Mathematics: Fluency with Addition and Subtraction, Measurement of Distance, Length and Time

Celebration: Cherry Blossom Festival, Community Expo

Cycle 2: Notable American Journeys

This year, again, second and third grade students will be walking. But the questions are a little different. How do people make decisions in our town? How are beautiful things like parks and waterfronts planned? What happens with our garbage and recycling? Who are our local leaders and community servants and what do they do? This year, students will wonder about government, elections, public works, and city operations. In the process, they will also learn how decisions are made in a community.

In the winter and spring, students will stretch out beyond Hoboken. They will follow trails to Oregon and other American regions. In the spring students will immerse themselves in a research project. It begins with a deep study of a notable American and ends with an exhibition at the Notable American Wax Museum in June.

Fall Term: Notable Walks

Social Studies: Hoboken Walks, Hoboken History, City Government, Public Spaces and Public Servants, Local Maps,

Science: Soil (Earth Science)

Language Arts: Reading Nonfiction (Hoboken Study and Research);

Writing Genres: Personal Narrative Writing, Informational Writing

Mathematics: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System; 2-D & 3-D Geometry & Measurement,

Local Celebrations: Veterans Day, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Diwali, Election Day, Thanksgiving

December Mini-term: Notable Paths

Social Studies: Local Maps

Science: Engineering, Park Study

Language Arts: Enjoying Fantasy

Writing Genres: Letter Writing

Local Celebrations: Las Posadas

Winter Term: Notable and National Trails

Social Studies: Following and Mapping Great Trails – the Oregon Trail, National Maps

Science: Sound (Physical Science)

Language Arts: Reading a Mystery Series; Reading Series Books; Reading Poetry

Writing Genres: Writing Narratives, Writing Poetry, Writing Persuasive Argument

Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Change (Using Tables and Graphs); Multiplication & Division (Grade 3); Place Value with Addition and Subtraction (Grade 2), Fractions & Decimals

Local Celebrations: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day (Abraham Lincoln and George Washington), Patriot’s Day

Spring Term: Notable Americans

Social Studies: National History, Notable American Biography, Using national maps

Science: Butterflies (Life Science)

Language Arts: Reading Biography, Reading Nonfiction & Research

Writing Genres: Nonfiction Writing, Writing Research (Notable Americans/Wax Museum)

Mathematics: Fluency with Addition and Subtraction, Measurement of Distance, Length and Time

Local Celebrations: Memorial Day, Wax Museum

summer reading

Summer reading list and requirements for students entering second/third grade.