Term Outlines


     Miss. Togneri

Language Arts




Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social and emotional growth, and must be seen as a key element of the curriculum. Students need well‐developed language skills to succeed in all subject areas. The teaching of literacy skills is embedded across the curriculum – reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and visual representation is all immersed into the daily language program. To achieve a gradual release of responsibility in reading the following four key instructional strategies will be used: modeled, shared, guided and independent student practice.


 Opportunities to demonstrate oral language skills occur on a daily basis through participation, careful attention to the instructions given, responding appropriately with well thought out questions and/or responses to classmates' presentations/answers.


This year in Grade 2, the following learning experiences will be used:

Read‐alouds, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.


Reading aloud is important for demonstrating fluency and expression children will be read to multiple times daily to help develop reading skills.


Shared Reading is when the teacher and students read passages of text together. This strategy will be implemented throughout each unit.


Guided Reading is when the teacher works with a small group to reinforce reading strategies and comprehension skills.


Independent Reading or self selected reading is an important part of learning to read and it is important to encourage children to read a wide variety of texts (i.e. fiction, non‐fiction, plays, poems) Students will continue to have an opportunity to choose books from the classroom library to read during free choice reading.



Novel Study

In the first term, students will do a novel study on the book, Looniverse. Students will read the novel both independently and as a class.  The students will be completing questions that ask them to recall basic facts, but also delve deeper into the message of the book. Students will also be assigned roles for certain chapters including: predicting, making connections, making inferences, visualizer, and word detective.They will also be asked to do some homework activities. 


During the first term, students will learn to write fiction pieces and

Nonfiction pieces. Students will also be learning to identify the type, purpose, and audience of a variety of writing pieces. 

Writing Process – brain-storming, drafting, revising, editing, publishing and presenting.


JOURNAL‐ Once a week, students will write a detailed piece of work in their journals. Each week will focus on different writing elements including neat printing, detail, punctuation and capitals and various components of grammar being discussed in class.


POETRY- Students will learn about various forms and poetry over the course of the term and recreate their own poems using the formats discussed. Students will present their written work in a visually appealing format with artwork to support their writing.


EDITING- Each day, children will learn new grammar skills and practice through exercises in their “Daily Editing” book. This promotes an understanding of grammar, punctuation, spelling and conventions.


Each student will have a Handwriting Without Tears workbook that will be used to teach and model proper formation and construction of letters. Students will focus on several components of printing, including

writing posture, letter formation, letter sizes, spatial relationships, likenesses and differences, fine motor co‐ordination and left to right progression.



Spelling and Grammar


Students will write their spelling words in the agenda each Monday to practice at home throughout the week. Spelling practice will also occur in class during Language. Students will be tested on their spelling words each Friday.



Students will explore grammar structures through the daily use of the Spectrum Language Arts Program , and other in class grammar resources and activities. They will review and incorporate grammar knowledge into various assessments in language arts and other subject areas.



(Miss Togneri)

Students will use the Saxon Math Program to expand their knowledge

and develop mathematical skills. The mathematical stands or areas of knowledge and skills we will be focusing on are:


Number Sense and Numeration Measurement

Geometry and Spatial Sense

Patterning and Algebra

Data Management and Probability


The Saxon Math Program structure includes five different components: the Meeting, the Lesson, Guided Class Practice (Side A) and Homework (Side B), Number Facts Practice and Assessments.


Guided Class Practice and Homework: Students will engage in guided practice to reinforce their understandings of each math lesson. Assigned homework reflects the strategies and tools taught in the lesson so that students may complete work independently.


Number Facts and Practice: Students will learn mathematical facts through pattern recognition. Facts are practiced orally, through manipulatives, Smartboard activities, fact cards and fact sheets.


Word Problems: Students will complete daily word problems that help build reading fluency, numerical problem solving and an understanding of multistep problem solving.


Assessments: Students will have written assessments approximately every other week, and fact assessments every week. 




(Mr. Fretz)

In term one physical education, students will focus on activities and games to promote and develop movement skills and concepts as well as encourage independence and group teamwork. 


The fundamental movement skills will relate to stability, locomotion, and manipulation.  Students will take part in organized games and sports to develop and increase their body awareness, spatial awareness, movement direction(e.g., forward, backwards, sideways, diagonal, up, down, left, right), level (e.g., high, medium, low), pathway (e.g., zigzag, straight, curved, wavy), plane (e.g., frontal, horizontal, vertical, sagittal) and extensions (e.g., near, far).  


In term one, students will be participating in many kinds of group organized games including unique games played around the world. Students will also develop soccer, cross country, ultimate frisbee and european handball skills.  



(Mr. Poapes)

Students will continue to learn to read and write notes on the treble clef staff. Students will develop the ability to play more complex rhythmic patterns. Students will prepare for their performance at the winter concert. Students will also begin to explore creating music with a smaller groups. 


(Ms. Steinburg )

This term students will be specifically looking at how the role of time and place impact a character’s motivations and actions in a play. Furthermore, they will be telling a story using the different points of view of various characters. They will then present their pieces in front of their classmates.


(Miss Togneri)

Growth and Changes in Animals

Students will discuss the characteristics of various animals. Students will compare and contrast different animals and see that humans are also animals.  Students will look at the impact humans have on animals and what needs to be done to help protect all animals, especially those which are endangered. 



Through this unit students will learn to identify simple mechanisms in everyday life. They will describe the different movements which these mechanisms can perform or help perform. Students will be provided with the opportunity for hands on learning in the form of creating their own simple machine. 



(Ms James)

Visual Arts in the primary grades will focus on exploration of the self, family, personal experiences, and the world. Through exploration, students will begin to develop and build on their creative and critical thinking processes.This term will focus on: 


Pop Art - Andy Warhol. Focus on contour lines, variations of colour and use of mixed media.


Pointillism - George Seurat. Students will be assessed  on technique and proper use of media. 



(Mrs. Grovum)


The Grade 2 program will focus on the aural and oral development in the French language with increased exposure to guided reading and written expression.  Students will build on sight words from previous years and will be introduced to new blends. Students will be introduced to theme vocabulary: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas as well as the French names for school items and community helpers.   Students will learn through song, poetry, guided group reading and learning centres.



(Miss Togneri)

Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Tradition

 Students will compare some significant traditions and celebrations among diverse groups.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate some of the past and present traditions and celebrations within their own family and the communities to which they belong. They will use graphic organizers to help them compare how their traditions may have changed or stayed the same. 


People and Environments: Global Communities

The students will learn about the similarities and differences of people in communities in different parts of the world. They will learn about the needs and types of adaptations required for the location, climate, and physical features of various regions (specifically cause and consequence).  The students will investigate aspects of the interrelationship between the natural environment, including the climate, of selected communities and the ways in which people in those communities live. The students will also learn how to identify and locate various physical features and selected communities around the world, and describe some aspects of people’s ways of life in those communities. 

Media Arts 

(Mrs. Becke)

In Term I, Grade 2 students will focus on the following concepts in Media Arts:

  • Review: Media Arts Centre (MAC) rules and routines, and how to use the Destiny programme.

  • Review: Parts of a book.

  • Review: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

  • Review: Genre

  • Introduction to the Destiny: Discovery programme.

  • Exploration and assignments involving non-fiction books and Destiny: Discovery.


(Mr. Fretz)

Students will take part in the Healthy Eating and Personal Safety/Injury Prevention units in term one. 

Healthy Eating: In this unit students will use Canada’s Food Guide to assess healthy eating.  Grade 2 students will focus on the Canadian Food Guide, exploring healthy eating and food choices in relation to proper growth and development. 

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention:  In this unit, students will discuss home and outdoor safety, food allergies and standing up for yourself. 




Students will be looking at two units this term;

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Computer Lab Procedures

In this unit, children will learn how to navigate safely on the internet. as well as learning and building on keyboarding skills, which will continue throughout the entire year.

Unit 2:  Google Suite

In this unit, children will be learning to compose, open and save documents using our Chromebooks.