News from Second Grade PYP!

New Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are In Place and Time


An inquiry into geography and the Earth. Students will be reading and creating different kinds of maps to understand their purpose and how they help us in our daily lives. Students will also learn about different kinds of landforms found throughout the world.  


Central Idea: People use geographic representations to acquire and interpret information.


Lines of Inquiry:

·      Geographic representations

·      Interpreting information

·      Major landforms

Key Concepts:

·      Form

·      Function

·      Connection


·      Knowledgeable

·      Communicator


·      Enthusiasm

·      Curiosity

·      Independence


map, globe, atlas, physical map, political map, road map, product map, topographic, city, county, state, country, continent, world, north, south, 


Supporting the Attributes at home:



·  Encourage your child to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live in other locations by writing letters, using the phone or sending email. 

·  When working on math homework, encourage your child to explain his/her answer to you orally or by drawing a picture.

• Work with your child to improve his/her listening skills. Being a good listener is an important part of communicating with others.



• Play age-appropriate trivia games

• Read to your child at a reading level a bit higher than their reading level, from a broad range of topics

• Visit the local museums, zoos, parks, etc.

• Check out foreign language instructional materials from the library and learn some words together