2/3 Curriculum – Year B

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 2015-2016 (Year B). Click here for an overview of Year A.


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 through Words Their Way
  • 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 genres and formats:

  • Lessons from the Masters:Narrative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Changing the World: Opinion Writing
  • People Who Make a Difference: Informational Writing

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 highlighting mathematical concepts, 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 on the idea of power and how individuals, organizations, and/or communities use their power to make a difference. We hope to have students understand that one does not need to be famous or privileged to enact change in meaningful, valuable ways.

Essential Questions:

  • What is power?
  • Who has and who does not have power?
  • How can we use power to make a difference?
  • How does using our power affect others?


  • What is power?
  • Power is loving who you are inside or out.
  • Power is working together.
  • Power is sticking up for others.
  • Power is making a difference.
  • Knowledge is power.
  • Expressing yourself is power.
  • Language is power.

Research Project:

  • Students will research about a person who has used his/her power to make a difference. Students will generate an informational, “All About” book about this person.

Possible class activities:

  • Ed Roberts Campus (field trip)
  • In-class guests
  • Community performances
  • Hayward Shoreline (field trip)


Units of Study:

This year, the 2/3s explore the following science units of study:

  • Water: Students examine the properties of water in its three common states-solid, liquid, and gas. They discover what happens to water as it is heated, cooled, frozen, evaporated, and allowed to interact with other materials. Students study
    freshwater environments by learning about their local watershed. They learn about the different ways that animals and plants depend on water to survive. Students then discover ways in which they can conserve water.
  • Balance/Motion: Students explore stable and unstable systems, use counter weighting to manipulate the center of gravity, and investigate two classes of motion–spinning and rolling.
  • Animals: adaptation, classification, habitat, evolution, life cycle. Students will research about an animal and create a poster to teach what they know/have learned.

Social-Emotional Learning:

At the 2/3 level our students explore the following:

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

  • Morning Meeting (Responsive Classroom)
  • Class Meetings (Positive Discipline)
  • Conflict Reolsution (Talk-It-Out, Positive Discipline)
  • Partner Pals
  • Inside/Out Lessons
  • Read Aloud
  • Self-Regulation
  • Quiet Time