The second graders did a fantastic job presenting their biography projects on Monday morning. The students were prepared and eager to share what they had learned about their chosen figure in American history.Thank you for braving the rain to celebrate your child's hard work!
After finishing our science unit on animal habitats,we had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Science and History. We spent the morning learning about animal adaptations and how they live in different parts of the world. The students got to interact with real animals which they thoroughly enjoyed! Our class was also able to explore the second floor exhibits that centered around our lives in the future.
The 2nd graders had loads of fun on Tuesday to mark the 100th day of school. We began the afternoon by sampling 10 different snacks and counting out 10 of each snack in order to fill up our "snack wall". Students were able to read and share different books that take characters through their own 100th day. We ended the day with "pom pom" art. They all counted out 100 pom poms and were able to design a picture of their choosing using the materials that were given. All in all it was a fun day and they were most excited to be allowed to stray from the regular classroom schedule!
Second grade has had many exciting science activities in the past few months.We have learned about force and motion as well as beginning a unit on the human body.
The students had a great time planning and designing Tinker Toy cars and ramps for their STEM project which focused on motion.We started the lesson on a Monday and discussed force and motion and how it pertains to speed.The students began by planning their cars and ramps on paper then proceeded to build the cars the following day.The object of this STEM project was for students to race their cars down the ramps and measure which car went the farthest.The class was divided up into groups of two or three students.These groups worked well together planning and designing their cars and ramps.When one particular group raced their car down the ramp and discovered that the car was not going very fast~ they had to redo the entire ramp.
The anticipation of race day was especially exciting because of the competitive nature of a few of the students.We has a first and a second place winner for the car that went the farthest after traveling down the ramp.We will continue to do these types of projects throughout the year.The students really enjoyed creating their own projects and working in cooperative groups.
Our first human body activity in response to the question, "Why do our skeletons have so many bones?"
In this experiment students consider what would happen if their body didn't have any bones.We used baby oil,Qtips,construction paper and dark colored crayons.The students traced their hands and drew their bones by opening and closing their hand in a fist.They were able to "feel" the joints when the hand was open and then when they made a fist.Then they outlined their bones on the hand that they had drawn earlier. Using a QTip, they were able to fill in the gaps and the joints with baby oil. After the oil was dry on the paper we hung up our finished pictures on the window so that when the the light shines through we can see our "bones".
Second grade has been very busy with learning exciting and creative ways to add and subtract. We are using the Singapore Math curriculum which is new to me this year. I spent two days in math training and learned all about strategies that help all students compute and really understand math concepts. Singapore Math focuses on mastery instead of memorization. The small island country of Singapore ranked in the top three in fourth and eighth grade math scores, while the United States ranked ninth and eleventh respectively. The goal is for children to perform well because they have a deeper understanding of the concept instead of studying to pass a test.
In our second grade class, the students are playing with different types of manipulatives each day in order to strengthen their math skills. For instance, this past week they used "VersaTiles" which involve solving problems with puzzle pieces. If their answers are not correct, then the puzzle pieces will not fit and the answers need to be recalculated. They have really enjoyed the challenge and some look for more difficult puzzles immediately after finishing their classwork.
As for homework, I usually send two pages of math or grammar home each night. Your children should be reading out loud to an adult or to themselves for at least 20 minutes each night. I encourage you to listen to them read every night and ask a few comprehension questions.
Please email me with any concerns about your child and I look forward to seeing you at Open House at 7:00 pm on Oct. 24 and also at parent-teacher conferences on November 1st. I will email you that schedule as soon as it is available.
Last Wednesday a special guest artist visited our classroom. The students were very excited to meet Mrs.Scharf-Anderson's mother, Roberta Scharf! Mrs. Scharf demonstrated how to bead necklaces and fastened them onto sunglasses or eyeglasses for every child. The students worked very hard on this project and were so happy to be able to take them home. Yesterday your child should have come home with a beaded eyeglass chain.
It was so wonderful to meet everyone today! For anyone that could not make it today, we will be sending home information packets with your child on Monday. This year second graders will have "planners" that will go home nightly. Mrs. Paul and I will be writing a note in the planner to parents each afternoon concerning homework and about the day in general. Please sign your child's planner nightly and respond to one of us if you have a question. We will be having snack each morning and I do ask that you consider sending healthy snacks with your child.
We are so excited for this school year! Thank you for sharing your children with us this year! If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.