Saturday, November 16, 2013

Year 2, Term 1 Exam: Homeschool exams and tests for second grade

We've been reworking how we are doing exams. We include some fun things in the afternoons and work diligently and purposefully on the handful of questions that I ask in the mornings. I thought I'd share them with you!

Year 2, Term 1 Exam

Question 1: There is nothing that we do or say that isn’t important. Consider the stories we have read and how one person’s choices changed things for others:

Understood Betsy: Betsy and the Putney’s; Mary Poppins: Mary P. and the children; The Door in the Wall: Robin and the friar; Otto of the Silverhand: Otto and Pauline; Along Came a Dog: the man, the hen and the dog; The Light of Truth: The Willow the Wisp and the travelers; Romeo and Juliet: Romeo and Juliet; Little Duke: Richard and King Louis; and Pilgrim’s Progress: Christian and the other travelers.

How do people’s decisions impact the lives of those around them? Fill in the chart choosing some of the stories above and how one person’s actions changed another.


Question 2: A popular saying is the only thing that never changes is change. It is a funny way of saying that things are always changing. Nothing ever stays the same. We’ve seen lots of evidence of things that have changed.

Using four boxes, choose one of the experiments or subjects below from the beginning (before the change) to the big change and what has happened after? Use all of the boxes.

Choose from: robots, circuits, states of matter, atoms, gravity, catapult, bread making, inventions (library), the tree in the trail, and planes from the air and space museum. 

Question 3: Every one of God’s creatures and plants is created uniquely. They are fitted to be where they live with different parts and needs. Their environment or home helps them survive and tells us a lot about them.

We’ve studied lots of creatures and plants this term: lady bugs, goldenrod, oak trees, rabbits, hares, mice, rats, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, ground hogs, gophers, porcupines, lambs, colts, sparrows, bees, ducklings, and hens. They each have very different homes.

Choose one of the creatures and plants and create something that shows their home and what we would find there (music, handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, play, puppet show, cooking, dance, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil).

Question 4: There is always an opposite to every side, a contrast from one extreme to the other. Sometimes it is one person that is opposite to another, sometimes it is a group of people, but there are always 2 sides to every story. Think about the stories: Knowledge Not the Limit of Belief and A Lesson of Hope. Think about the Vikings and those that were around them, the people that used the Santa Fe Trail and the Indians that made their homes there, and the nobility and peasants of the Middle Ages. They each had their own side.

Choose one situation and contrast the two sides.

Question 5: Sometimes when we listen to music or look at art work it can make us feel a certain way. It is a mood, like being scared, content, worried, anxious, or joyful. 

Consider Copley’s art, Haydn’s music, and our folk song: Down in the Valley. They each have their own mood.

Choose one of the pieces of music or art pieces that we’ve studied and explain how it makes you feel and tell why it makes you feel that way giving detail about it.

Question 6: Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has big plans for us and our lives. There is nothing that happens to us that he doesn’t know about beforehand. While we are often surprised by things that happen, he is not.

Abraham Lincoln, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, and Anselm are all people that God had a plan for, a big plan. Our hymns: How Great Thou Art, Trust and obey, and Beneath the Cross of Jesus help remind us of God’s wonderful plan for our lives.

Create something (music, handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, play, puppet show, cooking, dance, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil) that shows that we can trust in God because he has big plans for us.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

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