In Unit 2, students build on their understanding of school by engaging in a series of active close read-alouds of Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World by Susan Hughes. Through this text, students consider the unit guiding questions: “Why is it hard for children to go to school in some communities?” and “How do communities solve these problems so their children can go to school?” Through these close read-alouds, students develop their informational reading and writing skills as they learn how factors like weather and location can make it difficult for children to go to school, and the kinds of solutions communities create to overcome these challenges.
Students document their learning in their Off to Class notebook, where they learn to take notes on an informational text. They then use these notes to write informative paragraphs that follow a problem and solution structure. The Unit 2 Assessment contains two parts. For Part I, students engage in two less scaffolded close read-alouds of Off to Class. In Part II, students use their notes to write an informative paragraph (RI.2.1, W.2.2). Students further demonstrate their learning by performing Readers Theater scripts about the three schools they have learned about in Off to Class.