2/3 Curriculum – Year A

In order to accommodate our multi-age classrooms, the curriculum at Aurora rotates over a two year span. What follows is a look at the curriculum for 2014–2015 (Year A). Click here for an overview of Year B.


At the 2/3 level many of our readers begin to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. At Aurora, we take a balanced literacy approach to reading. We provide students with reading opportunities and direct instruction in a variety of contexts (e.g. read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading and book clubs).

To develop decoding and word recognition, students are given opportunities to:

  • Use letters, letter clusters and word parts to decode unknown words (e.g. word families, syllables, prefixes/suffixes
  • Read text out loud with accuracy and fluency, which is characterized by appropriate pacing, intonation,and expression

To develop reading comprehension, students are taught to:

  • Make predictions;
  • Visualize;
  • Make connections;
  • Generate questions;
  • Identify and describe story elements;
  • Infer information from reading;
  • Retell and summarize texts;
  • Distinguish the main idea and supporting details in text; and
  • Distinguish between literary genres.


At the 2/3 grade level, we strive to develop writers who are inspired by personal experiences, wonderings about our world, and literature. We support students by ushering them towards an awareness of their purpose and audience. Young writers create published work by way of the writing process, which includes: collecting ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students are invited to reflect on their writing on a regular basis so that they may celebrate skill development and understanding. Writing Workshop is based on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project model.

At the 2/3 level, students have opportunities to write within the following units and genres:

  • Crafting Personal Narratives
  • Myth Writing
  • All About Books
  • Science Writing: Lab Reports

During weekly handwriting instruction (Handwriting without Tears), 2nd graders study print, and 3rd graders study cursive. At the 2/3 level, students are given word study opportunities through the Words Their Way curriculum


Our math program, Bridges in Mathematics, is a balance of whole class investigations, small group explorations, and individual work. Children use math manipulatives, play games, work collaboratively and individually, share problem solving strategies, and communicate their mathematical thinking in verbal and written form.

    3rd Grade

  • Computation, Algebraic Thinking and Probability
  • Place Value, Structures & Multi-Digit Computation
  • Two- & Three Dimensional Geometry
  • Multiplication & Division Patterns & Concepts
  • Place Value & Computation with Larger Numbers
  • Money, Fractions & Probability
  • 3-D Geometry, Multiplication & Data Analysis
  • Data Collection & Analysis

    2nd Grade

  • Sorting, Patterning & Numbering
  • Story Problems
  • Addition, Subtraction & Probability
  • Shapes, Symmetry, Area & Number
  • Money and Place Value
  • Measuring and Statistics
  • Probability and Statistics and Computation

Social Studies

This year’s focus is Oakland. Students will be invited to explore the central question, “What is Oakland?” Our culminating project will be the 2/3 performance..

Guiding Questions:

  • Where is Oakland?
  • How did your family come to Oakland/East Bay?
  • What is Oakland’s history?
  • What communities live in Oakland?
  • What are some important landmarks in Oakland?
  • Who are the Ohlone People?

Related Field Trips:

  • Sibley Volanic Regional Preserve
  • Peralta Hacienda
  • Oakland Museum (Day of the Dead exhibit)
  • Know Your City walking tours (Chinatown and Preservation Park)
  • Sausal Creek Restoration Project
  • Redwood Regional Park


Units of Study:

  • Pebbles, sand, and silt
  • Insects and plants
  • Motion and matter

Socio-emotional Curriculum

Elements of the 2/3 socio-emotional curriculum include:

  • Morning meeting (Responsive Classroom)
  • Class Meetings
  • Conflict resolution (Talk It Out, Positive Discipline)
  • Partner Pals
  • Inside Out Lessons
  • Self-Regulation
  • Read aloud
  • Quiet Time