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!
Below you will find the FOSS letter outlining our first science unit, Solids and Liquids. So far we have been working on defining what exactly a solid object can be, and then describing solid objects using their PROPERTIES. Please check out their website - it is full of books, resources and games that you can use to connect home activities and conversations to school!
Our class is beginning a scientific study of solids and liquids. We will observe the properties of many solids and liquids, comparing how solids and liquids are alike and how they are different; organize the results of our inquiries; and communicate both orally and in writing the things we discover. These processes (observing, communicating, comparing, and organizing) are the basic thinking processes students need at this age to develop a scientific understanding of the world around them.
Your child may ask you for help finding solids and liquids at home. You’ll want to discuss and compare the different characteristics of those you find. (For example, how are salt and sugar alike? How are they different?) You may find yourself observing what happens when solids and liquids are put together. Making lemonade or salad dressing can provide interesting observations when solids and liquids are mixed. Watching an ice cube melt is a way to observe a solid change to a liquid.
We’re looking forward to lots of fun and lots of learning as we explore a world full of solids and liquids! You can get more information on this module by going to www.FOSSweb.com.