Grade 2, Month 1 The Wonder of Patterns
Students will be guided to become skilled at mathematical generalizations about change through their study of shapes and patterns. This study will transfer to the science of change as students participate in hands-on activities with shapes and objects. Nature stories will form the basis of the lessons for this unit.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: You will be focusing on mirror forms in this unit; there will always be transformation as a pattern or form crosses the midline. Your child will become aware of where they are going next as they become more familiar with each shape.
Concept: Objects and shapes have attributes that can be described, measured and compared
Connection: Attributes are the elements about a shape that your child would describe with adjectives and adverbs. You will bring new shapes with ever increasing levels of complexity. They will get a feeling for vertical vs. horizontal.
Language Arts: Concept: Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
Connection: Your child will create a story about the shapes they are learning about. Your child can begin to journal their take-away from this unit.
Concept: Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy
Connection: You will tell nature stories throughout this unit.
Science: Concepts: Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes
Connection: You will help your child turn clay into many different shapes.
The Wonder of Patterns is a funny name, but quite literally means that you and your child will be telling stories of and with patterns and forms. What are patterns and forms? When you think about it, patterns exist in everything in nature and forms make up all the letters and numbers that we use today. There is the straight line and the curved line and all the ways that these two friends interact. By spending four weeks exploring patterns and forms through imaginative pictures, you have a place to focus on routines and rhythms for home learning, and your expectations for school time in your home such as where, when, and how. And by focusing deeply on the patterns and forms, you get to also focus on the ‘form’ of your child’s posture, pencil grip, quality of work, and habits. You’ll also get to ease into the start of the year since there is no studying to do, you’re welcome!