Learners had a great time with Pumpkin Math today. Learners made predictions about the weight, circumference and number of seeds for three different size pumpkins. Then, they were able to discover if their predictions were correct.
We have had a great week in 2B. We have worked on identifying non-fiction text features, reading non-fiction books, practicing new spelling words, playing new math games and working together to build bridges! We also had our first guest speakers of the year. Mrs. Mikkelsen and Mrs. Hux talked to all of the 2nd graders about leadership qualities. We have kicked off our new unit, How We Organize Ourselves. In this unit, learners will learn all about leadership qualities and about specific leaders in our world.
Here are some learners working on identifying non-fiction text features to complete a fiction vs. non-fiction sort.
We introduced two new ways of practicing spelling words this week. "Dictionary Hunt" and "Spelling Sentences."
Learners loved playing a math game where they had to work in groups to find the sum of four numbers.
Today, learners worked in groups to create bridges. Their challenge was to choose materials that could make a bridge that would hold the weight of four dictionaries. They had to use the leadership qualities we have been discussing to work with their team and create a successful bridge. It was a lot of fun!
We had a great time at the Second Grade Arts Showcase. Learners worked so hard to prepare their portfolios and drama presentations. Throughout our first unit we worked on many different ways of self expression including various types of art, poetry, creative writing and drama.
Today, we also learned that some things can be a solid and a liquid at the same time! Learners made their very own Oobleck.
This week learners continued learning about different ways to express themselves. Learners worked in groups to perform a classic story. We talked about how drama is a way of self expression. Learners read a classic story with their group and then performed for the class. We have also been working on expressing ourselves through creative writing. Learners have gone through the writing process of writing, editing and revising with a partner and completing a final draft.
In math, learners have been working on identifying exact points on a number line.
Today, learners worked in partners to explore how matter can change from a solid to a liquid. Learners had to rescue a Lego man that was frozen inside of an ice cube. They discovered that salt was the best tool to use. We also experimented with different materials to see what could keep an ice cube in the form of a solid for the longest amount of time.
We have had a great week so far! This week we have been practicing reading stamina and discussing story elements. Learners have been responding in their Reader's Response Journal each day. Some of the things they are working on while reading are thinking about things they like in their book, making connections, identifying main characters and settings, and identifying the problem and solution in their story.
In math, learners discussed the difference between odd and even numbers this week. They have also been playing a new favorite game, Place Value Yahtzee. We are also continuing to work on addition facts.
We are also continuing to explore matter. We began exploring liquids today with a fun science experiment with milk, food coloring and dish soap!
We have also loved learning more about our very first Star of the Week this week!
Morning Choice is a big hit!
Today we talked all about scientists. Learners were able to become scientists and explore different objects. They sorted objects like scientists would. They also came up with their own researchable and testable questions using question words like a scientist.
We are learning about different ways to express our creativity. We kicked our new unit off by creating a "Not a Box." Learners used their creativity to turn a box into something new!
We kicked off our first inquiry unit today! Learners were so excited to show their creativity and imagination by creating their "Not a Box." It was a great way to end our first week!
Today was a great day! Learners completed a word search with our class names, made crayons showing how they were unique, worked on reading stamina and played a game to get to know me better!
2nd Grade Teacher