Thank you to Ms. Amanda, who made this Challenge happen! The students had so much fun checking off their kind deeds over the week, and finding creative ways to practice kind acts! Every student in the school created a feather that had a kind act written on it - visually showing how being treated kindly, AND acting with kindness, can life you up :)
2nd grade has been investigating various earth materials including rocks, sand and silt! We started off studying three different types of rocks: basalt, scoria, and tuff. We rubbed them together to see what happened and washed them to see the impact of water.
Using screens, we sorted all types of rocks by size. We were also able to sort them by other properties like color, shape and texture.
Recently, we have been talking about 'the story of sand'. How does sand become sand? WEATHERING entered our science vocabulary, discovering that air and water can cause rocks to break apart into smaller and smaller particles - eventually leading to sand and silt!
Second grade has a tradition of making holiday crafts for family and friends. Our Holiday Craft Fair will take place Wednesday, December 19thfrom 8:30-10:30 (this includes about 15 minutes for clean up). Adults are needed to run the stations. All supplies and easy instructions will be provided; all you have to do is show up to help :) We have 32 2nd graders this year so it would be great to have at least 8 parents to help. Please let me know if you are able to do so!
Our class is beginning an earth science unit. We will be studying rocks, one of the most important earth materials. Our investigations will center on the properties
of rocks and the uses of various rock sizes (pebbles, gravel, sand, silt, and clay). Students will be working extensively with materials—observing, comparing, and communicating what they learn through their firsthand experiences with earth materials. We will also be investigating different kinds of soil and comparing soils that we gather from our community. At the end of the unit, students will be introduced to natural sources of fresh and salt water.
Your child may ask for help finding a rock or two to contribute to our class rock collection. A rock from your yard or neighborhood is fine. As our study continues, your child will be learning more and more about rocks. Try to find opportunities
to talk with your child about sand, gravel, soil and water, and ways people use these materials in construction (asphalt, concrete, bricks, mortar, etc.) and landscaping. This is an engaging theme for a family outing.
We’re looking forward to lots of discoveries and new experiences as we explore
the earth materials that can be found all around us. If you have any questions or comments, or have expertise you would like to share with the class, please let me know. You can get more information on this module by going to www.FOSSweb.com.
We have been hard at work experimenting with solids and liquids these past weeks!
We also mixed various liquids (oil, soap, fabric softener, corn syrup etc.) with water to see what would happen to those mixtures! Up next is to experiment with matter that may seem both solid and liquid, toothpaste and jell-o anyone?
To celebrate Halloween this week, 1st-3rd grades enjoyed a festive Pumpkin Day! We rotated through different classrooms doing science experiments, art and P.E. games. Fun was had by all! Thank you to those who helped make it a success.
Our first field trip was a success! It was a great way to kick off the fall season. Pumpkin picking, ice cream eating, potato harvesting, cow milking and corn pit playing fun was had by all! Thank you to the parents who were able to come and hang out with us! It is always appreciated :)
We have been one active class this year! Every Monday we do P.E. 'stations' in the gym, utilizing all the fun equipment and learning various skills. On Thursdays we also meet in the gym, but use this time to play group games involving teamwork, cooperation and - at times - some healthy competition. On Fridays, we hike! The newest addition to our fitness activities is YOGA! Every Wednesday, we practice yoga for 30 minutes - bringing mindfulness to school and building our inner magic :)
For language arts instruction in this class I use a framework called Daily 5. This model, above all, instills immense literacy independence in students and creates a classroom of engaged learners through personal choice and empowerment. Before we can fully implement the framework in class the students must master all 5 components (Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work, Read to Someone and Listen to Reading), which means reaching a 20 minute "stamina goal" for each one, THREE TIMES! It is a lot of work, but the students are incredibly motivated; perhaps because when they have masted all 5 they get their desks and pencil boxes :)
SIDE BRAG: this is the quickest I have seen a group of students master the first component, Read to Self. We are already on to Work on Writing!
If you want to learn more about the theories behind Daily 5, their website has a wealth of information! https://www.thedailycafe.com/daily-5
Our math block typically ends with our six "Workplaces". These Workplaces usually involve games as well as independent practice for students to engage with the content in a hands on, interactive way. It may be the most boisterous time of the day, but math talk abounds!