Graland parents and guests have an opportunity to visit with "celebrities" and "historical figures" during the second grade Biography Tea, an annual practice since the 1990s. Students conduct research by reading a biography, taking notes, and then writing rough and final drafts of reports. Assignments also include creating timelines, a digital presentation, and a poster. For the Biography Tea, children create costumes and props to portray the person they researched.
Molly Brown House
Students prepare for their big biography project by learning facts about a famous Denver resident at the Molly Brown House Museum. Part of their year-long social studies curriculum, a study of Margaret "Molly" Brown starts with reading an adaptation of "Unsinkable" Molly Brown by Frances E. Ruffin and learning about the research process.
Four-Mile Historic Park
Second graders take a trip back in time to learn about life as a child in the late 1800s with a visit to Four Mile Historic Park. Classes take turns doing chores like washing clothes in a washtub, beating rugs, sweeping the walkways and feeding chickens. After chores, students head to the one-room schoolhouse for lessons. Sitting on wood benches, they perform tasks on chalkboards and learn to say "Ma'am" when addressing the teacher. Students also play pioneer games like tug-of-war and panned for gold.
Gooney Bird Greene Day
One of the highlights of Grade 2 is Gooney Bird Greene Day, a chance for second graders and their teachers to dress up in unique, mismatched outfits. It’s not just a fashion statement; the class is modeling Gooney Bird Greene, the feisty central character in a series of books by Lois Lowry known for her eccentric manner of dress. Gooney Bird is a second grader who loves telling “absolutely true” but fantastic stories that keep her classmates guessing. The books inspire Graland students to write their own stories using clever new vocabulary.
Graland Country Day School
55 CLERMONT STREET DENVER, CO 80220 303.399.0390
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.