Curriculum overview for the year

Orientation: Information Detectives Level 1 (sections of the library) to Level 2 (using catalog) to Level 3 (using library website as a portal to the Internet).

Unit 1: To be greedy or generous? That is the question. What are the consequences?Themes in Literature: Folktales about generosity (rubric and student work pdf attached above)

Unit 2:
How do I read a play? Reader’s Theater: Folktale and Greek Myths Reader's Theater

Unit 3: How can you use your keyboarding skills to create visual (and correctly punctuated) poetry? See 2nd gr Unit 2 for updated curriculum map. This one is an older version.

Unit 4: Math in the Library (Math Test Prep)

Unit 5: What do you know about your animal or planet? Informational text study: taking notes and sharing your knowledge in ASL (main idea>supporting details) (ELA test prep & ASL integration)

Unit 6: Booktalks: Historical fiction-Points of view from the past
Unit 7: Graphic novel: Journey to Mohawk Country (text and picture study of visual literacy)
Unit 8: Digital citizenship/Netiquette/Digital communication tools
Unit 9: Creating multimedia stories/plays/poems on a theme
Unit 10: Booktalks: Science Fiction/Poetry

Other ideas/lessons:
Spirit Day:
  • Listens to book talks and read alouds (Info Fluency 2.3.1, 2.3.5)
  • Shares favorites with others (Info Fluency 3.2.1)
  • Writes book talks/recommendations/reviews (based on character, setting, plot analysis worksheet) (Info Fluency 3.2.1, 2.3.1)
  • Celebrates when they read all of one series, one subject, or one author during Spirit Day (Info Fluency 2.3.1, 2.3.3)

William Steig:
  • Collect words
  • pick a favorite
  • write a literary response to his art and his stories OR create your own Steig-inspired adventure story
  • Select a story you love.
  • Read/Outline/Discuss/Contemplate/Tell (from Judy Freeman's Books Kids will Sit for. Volume 1)
  • Practice. Examine voices for each character. Discuss each character. What expressions do they use? voice? How would they move? Walk? Carry themselves?
  • Perform. Translate into ASL. Draw a picture with your ASL signs.
Genre study:
Math Integration: Patterns using Kid Lit and Video from EDTV 13's Teacher's Domain

Folktales and Legends:
Iroquois legends (Info Fluency 1.3.9, 1.4.1) .
  • What are legends?
  • Read aloud a legend. Summarize the story. What does it tell us about the Iroquois culture?
  • Students read legends independently.
Primary documents - Fun lesson to explore historical documents related to holidays

Social Studies integration
Using maps, historical photos, timelines, and objects to tell the story of NYC's past. We used different resources to get a glimpse of what NYC was like, who lived here, and how they used the land and water across the centuries.
historical research matrix.jpg

Arts/Technology Integration
  • Creating video booktalks/book recommendations about an artist or another subtopic (Info Fluency 1.6.1)
  • PROJECT 1: A Photo Essay
    • Read a picture book biography of an artist of an artist and use questioning as a strategy to go deeper into the person (Judi Moreillon -inspired lesson)
    • Collect pictures
    • Construct a style statement (opinion) about the artist and a create a photo essay about his life and times using iMovie or MovieMaker (Milo Bourgeouis as mentor here)
    • Create a piece of artwork in his/her style
  • PROJECT 2: Create and perform a puppet show
    • Analyze a story for plot structure
    • Look at scriptwriting format
    • Brainstorm criteria for evaluting a good performance
    • write a script in a small group
    • rehearse and share their show with younger students