2nd Grade Technology

3rd Trimester Summary

The students began the trimester by researching endangered animals for their movie to be presented at Grandparent’s Day.

Sheppard Software

World Wildlife Fund  

National Geographic Kids

At their workstation, they filled out their worksheet including facts about their animal: the anatomy, lifecycle, endangered status, and protection. They downloaded ten pictures of their animal off Imagequest and inserted them into their movie project. They then added subtitles facts from their research, transitions between their slides, sound effects, and an animated globe.

2A Movies

2B Movies

We discussed the use of Technology and how it impacts our daily lives.  Using Pixie, they listed 5 things they can do with a computer.

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The students concluded the trimester by reflecting on  what they learned in second grade? They made a numbered list of ten things they learned in Pages.

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Throughout the trimester the students logged into their accounts at thevilla.typingpal.com  to practice their keyboarding skills.

2nd Trimester Summary

The students began their Trimester with learning a new Typing Program, Typing Pal. This program has exercises and short practice texts to help the students increase their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

All second-grade students participated in the worldwide event, “Hour of Code” in December. We began our coding unit in November, by discussing how code is used in our world and its importance. The concepts of patterns, loops, and debugging were then reinforced by working at two different coding websites.



The students then began studying the life of Mother Cabrini. Using a research sheet, they highlighted important facts then put these facts into a mindmap using Kidspiration.

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For Valentine’s Day, the students created a Valentine for a family member by choosing a joke or saying from a provided list. They learned how to incorporate punctuation into their project by using the ?, ‘, and ” keys.

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We concluded our trimester with three weeks of studying robotics. We defined as a class what a robot is and what sensors and  features a robot must have to navigate through different situations and solve different problems.

They began by creating their own robot at PBS Kids Robot Workshop We then progressed to moving a R.O.V.E.R. (Remote Operated Vehicular Errand Runner) through a maze of different terrain to collect items. The students had to choose which wheels were best and solve puzzles along the way.

In pairs, the students were given a Code-a-Pillar  and plugged in coding blocks to the head of the robot to navigate through self-created obstacle courses.

We concluded the unit, by working with the Finch  robot. This robot was connected to their computer and they programmed it’s sensors with an online coding program SNAP. 

1st Trimester Summary

The students began their trimester by brushing up on their keyboarding skills with their own accounts at Edutyping. We  began our digital citizenship  curriculum by Common Sense Media.  Topics included “Going Places Safely” and “ABC Searching.”

The students then created an “About Me” trading card in Pixie.

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We then began looking at cartography so that the students could design a map of Villa’s campus. Using Pixie, they found locations on a given map based on a grid.

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The students then looked at a map of Washington and found various items such as rivers, Native American tribes, cities east and west of Seattle, and the San Juan islands.


For Halloween, they created a 4 page story in Pixie.

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To celebrate Halloween, the students created a “I’m Thankful For…” poster in Pixie.

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Villa Technology Standards

Second Grade Benchmarks:

  • Use screen layouts menus and icons to navigate in program efficiently, save and retrieve files, use of saving and quit keyboard shortcuts
  • Open and close programs shut down their computer
  • Typing full sentences, draw and edit, format, save and retrieve with assistance.
  • Proper two handed keyboarding position, home row keys, 10 WPM, 90 % and above accuracy

Technology Integration:  Students demonstrate the ability to use computer tools to accomplish tasks or complete projects related to classroom curriculum.

Throughout the trimester the students logged into their accounts at edutyping.com to practice their keyboarding skills.