Second Grade Units of Inquiry

Second grade classes participate in six units of inquiry throughout the year. Click on each unit below to learn more.

Unit 1 - Who we are

Transdisciplinary Theme

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.

Central Idea

We have a purpose in our community.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Responsibilities of citizens
  • Contributions of influential Americans
  • Strategies of reading and writing

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Principled
  • Caring
  • Risk Taker

Parent Support

Have a conversation about how each of your family members contribute to your family. Single Subject Connections

Second graders will explore throwing and catching responsibilities while encouraging classmates to help them be successful. Students will focus on being principled in their actions while participating with teammates.

Unit 2 - Where we are in place and time

Transdisciplinary Theme 

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 relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea

People depend on the environment to survive.

Lines of Inquiry

  • American Indians
  • Geography of the world
  • Plants as natural resources

Attributes of the Learner Profile

  • Open-Minded
  • Inquirer
  • Reflective

Parent Support

As we explore different parts of the world, please support us by sending in family pictures that have been taken in a variety of places- home countries, beaches, family visits or anywhere else! Thank you for your continued support.

Single Subject Connections

Unit 3 - How the world works

Transdisciplinary Theme 

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.

Central idea

People make observations to understand characteristics of the natural world.

Lines of Inquiry 

  • characteristics of matter (form and change) 
  • weather patterns and characteristics (form and change) 
  • how weather changes the environment (change) 
  • process of research (form) 

Learner Profile Attributes:

  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable

Unit 4 - How we express ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme 

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.

Central idea

People can lead change.

Lines of Inquiry 

  • how people communicate their values (perspective) 
  • ideas that lead to change (causation) 
  • why and how we honor the contributions of influential Americans (causation) 
  • the author’s message in poetry (perspective)

Learner Profile Attributes:

  • Thinkers
  • Communicators

Unit 5 - Sharing the planet

Transdisciplinary Theme 

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

Central Idea

Parts of a system are interdependent

Lines of Inquiry

  • life cycle of living things (Function) 
  • interdependence within various habitats (Responsibility and Connection) 
  • impact on the environment (responsibility) 
  • interpreting an author’s message (connection) 

Learner Profile Attributes:

  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Unit 6 - How we organize ourselves

Transdisciplinary Theme 

Central idea

We make choices based on our resources.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Goods and Services (Function)
  • Persuasive language influences choices (Causation) 
  • Resources needed to produce goods and services (Function and causation) 

Learner Profile Attributes:

  • Open-minded
  • Communicator
  • Thinker