2nd Grade: New TEKS; New Resources!
- The Biographies of the Important People in the new 2nd Grade TEKS
- The Elementary Social Studies Literature List
- 2nd Grade Vocabulary Chart with picture support
- K-5 Content Charts
[Our thanks to Mapra Gentry, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Elementary Social Studies Coordinator,
and Pete Yackus, Fort Bend ISD Elementary Social Studies Coordinator for sharing these.]
- Current and New 2nd Grade TEKS Side-by-Side comparison chart
[A big thank you to our district Coordinator Joe M. Ramirez for developing these for K-12!]
USS Constitution Museum
From Community and Courage Aboard 'Old Ironsides' designed for grades K-2 to Discovery Port for grades 2-5 and more, there is a program designed to help students of all ages access Constitution's history in a unique and engaging way. For more information about these and other school programs go to the USS Constititution Museum website or call 617-426-1812, ext. *186.
If your class can't come to us, let us come to you through our award winning theme unit All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventures Aboard 'Old Ironsides'. This interdisciplinary curriculum uses the story of USS Constitution to teach students K-12 subjects ranging from language arts to mathematics, and is designed to meet most current state standards. Teachers can log onto www.allhandsondeck.org to receive their free copy.
Mrs Neville's tudents study the symbols of the United States, they read, write, create art work, and graphs integrating social studies into the language arts and math content area.
Great job Mrs. Neville's class!
Oscar Rerucha and Interns
Second Grade Teacher Mr. Oscar Rerucha and his University of Texas Interns Ms. Natalia Umana and Ms. Samantha Amador brought geography and the Austin environment alive to their students. Mr. Rerucha read a big book on geography noting landforms to his students. Ms. Umana related the book to the Austin area landforms. Students created their own 3-D layer of landforms to include plains, valleys, cliffs, hills, and volcanoes, all pertaining to Austin. Students wrote about each landform in either English or Spanish. Earlier in the semester Ms. Amador taught a social studies lesson on Amelia Earhart.
Thank you teachers for a job well done!
Travis Heights Elementary
2nd grade team leader Mrs. Kellie Marino
Travis Heights 2nd grade students displayed their presidential study along the 2nd grade hallway. Students wrote biographies of a self-selected president. Many chose to write about President Barack Obama. Some created time lines or wrote interview questions. The 2nd grade teachers led their students in research, modeled and guided note taking to learn about our present and past presidents. Students used their notes and followed the writing process to publishing their final piece. Many students included artwork for their project. All work is on display in the 2nd grade hallway.
Great job, Second Grade Teachers!
2nd Grade Teachers
Teachers in alphabetical order Ms. Andrea Barron, Mr. Daniel Benito-Alcala, Ms. Christina Boettcher, Ms. Mari Fernandez (team leader), and Ms. Christi Hoes integrate social studies with the other academic areas using vocabulary walls, riddles, art, writings about how students can be good citizens, and other student-engaging strategies.