In Unit 2, students deepen their expertise about toys and play by reading, writing, talking and singing about what makes toys fun. They develop language to describe the physical attributes of toys, what they do, and the specific classroom toys they prefer. In the opening lesson, a letter and riddle from the principal invite students to become toy experts by engaging with toys in a variety of ways. In the first part of the unit, students read an informational text about several categories of classroom toys and then explore, describe, and chart the attributes of those toys. Throughout their work, students continue to use the Commitments for Playing Together that they generated in Unit 1.
In the second part of the unit, students listen to a focused read-aloud of the text Toys Galore by Peter Stein. Students then practice drawing, labeling, and describing toys with a focus on what toys can do. Students not only build a deeper understanding of the characteristics of toys, but they also consider their personal classroom toy preferences. They play games and engage in activities to discuss their preferences with classmates. For the Unit 2 Assessment, students select, draw, write, and talk about the classroom toy they prefer. (W.K.1, L.K.5c, L.K.6, SL.K.1)