Dear Parents,

We have begun our new Unit of Inquiry  – How the World Works.   We will be making inquiries into the different forces, motion, magnetism and gravity and conducting simple investigations to solve problems or answer questions.

The Central Idea: People use their understanding of forces and motion to create and invent.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How things move
  • Connections between forces and motion
  • How people use their understanding of motion to create

This theme is science oriented. We plan to use lots of hands-on activities to help the children build enduring understandings. Their summative task will be to create their own compound machine! 

As part of our learning for this unit we will be going on a field trip to the Experimentarium on February 13th. Please ensure your child returns their permission slip.

Grade 2 will share their learning for this unit at our Expo on Friday 13th of March from 9.00am til 10:00am. An invitation will follow but please save the date!

Request for donated loose materials from home such as:

paper towel rolls, wine bottle corks, wire, yarn, string, sturdy boxes (all sizes), plastic bottles, small toy cars, extra unneeded lego wheels and axles, small wood pieces, unique recyclables or anything you think might be used to help us build a compound machine. (You should not expect these items to return home again)

*These items will be shared and used among the grade level.*

How can you help at home?

  • Engage your child in conversations about the variety of forces (push and pull) in your home. They are everywhere!
  • Encourage your child to look carefully at how things move. Ask him/her to name the forces applied.
  • Help your child identify forces at work. Discuss how objects are balanced. Help your child complete homework activities.
  • Share books, tools, toys, DVD’s and other resources from home connected to this unit.

The Grade 2 Team