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Year Plan

Transdisciplinar y theme:

Grade 2

2013 - 2014
How the world works An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment. Local recipes (trshana) majid magazine

How we organize ourselves An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decisionmaking; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Where we are in place and time An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives. Books with historical photos of Iraq and Erbil (in our library) Also 2 books Adult information books in Arabic -1 Iraq and 1 Erbil - Kurdish class focus on Erbil, homeroom on cities around world. The birth of a city Central Idea: The geographical location influences the development of a city. Concepts: Form , function, change Related concepts: resources, people. Location, settlements. An Inquiry into: Where cities are Natural features and resources that support the development of a city how cities change

Who we are An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

How we express ourselves An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

International Mindedness Personal/local Resources

Eminent Kurdish person e.g professor... to visit.

Kurdish artists Mohammed Ali Painter published in Kurdish chns magazines and illustrates childrens books. Kurdish carpets. Around The World In Arty Ways Central Idea: Traditional stories tell us about people around the world. Concepts: Form, Causation, Perspective Related concepts: traditions, diversity, identity An inquiry into: stories from around the world story patterns and themes What traditional stories can tell us about people around the world

Contacts: blanket maker, shoe maker, lanik maker. MAC Local NGO Local soccer player

Exploring habitats in the local park. Visit to the local tip.


Look what I can do Central Idea: We can explore, measure and improve what we can do. Concepts: change, reflection Related Concepts: growth, health, practice An Inquiry into: What we can do How we can improve what we can do How we can measure what we can do

Science in the Kitchen Central Idea: We combine and process ingredients when we prepare food. Concepts: Change, causation Related concepts: processes, chemical & physical changes, (states of matter: liquid, solid, gas) An Inquiry into: Our kitchen set up Processes that cause changes to food Changes to food

Helping Hands Central Idea: Every job provides a service to others. Concepts: connection, responsibility Related concepts: services, demands, needs and wants An inquiry into: Different kinds of jobs The services that jobs provide The responsibilities that come with jobs

It depends Central Idea: Living things depend on their ecosystems. Concepts: Form , connection, responsibility Related concepts: balance, systems, cause and effect An inquiry into: ecosystems the needs of living things how living things depend on their ecosystem


Instructions (oral only) Recount simple biography (eg famous sports personalities/scientis ts etc., personal journals
Stories about growing and changing. Thinking Routine What changes do you think will happen to Knuffle Bunny after he finishes grade 1? What makes you think that? Create a reading journal-with a book report format specifically for the portfolio so children can monitor their own reading progress and interests over the year.

Narrative Storytelling Book reviews Story boards

Instructions/procedur es Recipes, methods Lists ingredients utensils


Books: Tasty Baby Belly Buttons and analysing story and Japanese culture Fold me a poem: about poetry and origami and a follow up activity making origami and writing poem Find own story from another culture and make own analysis chart Turkish: Cabula, Mabula and tatl gbek delii The pied piper

Stories with a kitchen/food/cooking element. Focus on cause and effect in stories. Also, extracting instructions and / or recipes from simple stories with a cooking sequence e.g. pancakes picture book Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle. Bunnie Cake

Descriptive report (non chronological) Job names and descriptions Activities + procedures Names of tools and places Responsibilities Interviews Students use nonfiction books to research occupations, focusing on name, tools, location, verbs describing their job. Possibly using a matrix to organise information.

Using and making non fiction books. Research skills taking notes

Description (poster) Geography, history, amenities etc. of chosen city.

Comparison of fiction and non-fiction books. How animals are represented in stories e.g. the wolf in Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs is mean... Introduce the idea that there are hidden messages in stories in the way characters are presented by the author etc.

Stories or non-fiction books about life in different cities around the world. Make a comparison chart for a number of cities looking at (e.g.) transport, shopping, school, etc.

Deconstructed Text (on display all year) Book Report Journal Entry

Maths integrated

Measurement:We use tools to measure the attributes of objects and events.

Maths: Stand alone IT

Measurement: Standard units allow us to have a common language to identify, compare, order and sequence objects and events. We use tools to measure the attributes of objects and events. Shape and Space: Shapes are classified and named according to their properties. Specific vocabulary can be used to describe and objects position in space. Number: The operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are related to each other and are used to process information to solve problems. Number operations can be modelled in a variety of ways. There are many mental methods that can be applied for exact and approximate computations. Pattern and Function: Whole numbers exhibit patterns and relationships that can be observed and described. Begin typing skills programme identify starting point at the beginning of the unit and practice to measure improvement at the end. Ten Thumbs download Using a screenshot of Word (and or other programmes) tool bar and tick off as they are able to use the function. Add notes for any other skills newly acquired as a record of personal development over time period of unit. Make a little I can do book as the context for using
Storybird.com Kerpoof.com for writing stories Websites in which students cook virtually and follow the process of cooking; reviewing the names of ingredients and processes, http://www.kibagames. com/game/kebab_cooki ng. These websites are also an opportunity to discuss cooking activities at home. Create a recipe in Publisher. Create PowerPoint of recipes or recounts of cooking activities, including photos and captions. Create labeled diagrams and shopping lists. Create a menu for a restaurant to support the role play area in the classroom (possibly the cafeteria menu). Research different jobs. Use template to direct questions template created in homeroom. CreatePowerPoint about JOBS that they want to include: Job description, Tools and the responsibilities of the job. Present their works to classmates. Internet resources are used to create presentations.

Shape and Space: Some shapes are made up of parts that repeat in some way. Number: The base 10 place value system is used to represent numbers and number relationships. Pattern and Function: Patterns can be represented using numbers and other symbols.

Measurement: Standard units allow us to have a common language to identify, compare, order and sequence objects and events. We use tools to measure the attributes of objects and events. Number: Fractions are a way of representing wholepart relationships.

Measurement: Estimation allows us to measure with different levels of accuracy. Data handling: Information can be expressed as organised and structured data.

Data handling: Objects and events can be organised in different ways. Some events in daily life are more likely to happen than others.

Make flashcards / fact cards of habitats and animals. Research for their own books on an animal.

Make a re-enacted story into a movie or digital book (for the server)

Interactive map making by National Geographic http://education.nationa lgeographic.com/educat ion/mapping/?ar_a=1 Collect data from internet about the city you selected Choose selected city and prepare a presentation about that city in Movie Maker.


skills above. Drawing the human body and making sculptures using the work of Keith Haring and Alberto Giacometti for inspiration. Focus on reflection on and modification of work. Athletics unit Study how we start and stop in running and jumping and how we throw objects (ball, frisbee, javelin). Measuring distances jumped, thrown etc. and working on improving and measuring improvement. Jumping over hurdles Long jump High jump

Emmas rugs. About rugs and a follow activity making rugs Look at Carpet designs from around the world and focus on Kurdish carpet designs. Students design own element for a design based on those explored, and produce a representation of it on canvas.


Dance Learn traditional dances by looking at videos and trying it out themselves. Make their own traditional dance. Perform in assembly. Play traditional games. Search for games at home. Explain the game to the class. (possibly parents or teachers could be visiting dance teachers)

Look at fruit and vegetables and art work with fruit and vegetables to study the techniques used. Explore different techniques (pencil, paint, collage). Use these techniques to draw a still life as well as cross sections. Gymnastics unit Balances, rolls and jumps are important elements of a gymnastic performance. Movement patterns and music can support each other.Make patterns in our movements. What gymnastics is Different balances, rolls and jumps Working in a way that is safe for ourselves and others Combining elements into sequences Working as a group towards a performance Combining elements into sequences with music to express ourselves creatively

Draw houses, buildings, perspective.

Look at animal images. Study shape, size and skin cover of animals by looking at images. Represent animals applying what they learned using colour and texture. Dance Creative dance using animals as a stimulus

How to represent different landforms perspective, colour, distance How to include settlements in a landscape

Ball games and tag games Basketball, football, dodge ball, tag games Watching videos of games Identifying skills Practising skills Discussing roles, rules and strategies Applying skills and strategies in practice

Adventure challenge Orienting around the campus, inside and outside, using maps and compasses. Treasure hunt Pitching tents, tying knots


Using our bodies to make music body percussion, playing instruments. My Musical Body Musical

Central Idea:
Traditional art tells us about people around the world. An Inquiry into: Forms of traditional Music from China, Africa and Kurdistan Musical elements in different traditional music forms What traditional music can tell us

Central Idea: Instruments and sounds can be combined to make music.

Lines of Inquiry:
The sounds made by different

Central Idea: An orchestra is a community The lay out of the orchestra The different roles within the orchestra The systems of communication in the orchestra The relationship between the

Continuation using ecosystem sounds with various elements

Music can reflect the atmosphere of a landscape. A study of minimal music (Philip Glass).

about people from around the world.

instruments How sounds can be combined Elements of music that are necessary to create a composition

composer, the orchestra and the audience Musical elements: Dynamics, Timbre, Melody Genre: Orchestral music