Saturday, March 18, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Fun!

We had a great time thinking about the many ways we could catch a leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day! The students brainstormed ideas about what materials they could use for creating their trap with our 5th grade STEAM buddies. Then they had to problem solve, and possibly redesign their traps, if those materials were not available. They were all very creative! We even left a some in the classroom to see if we could get lucky enough to catch one over the weekend.








Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SeeSaw Learning

We have been exploring the SeeSaw app on the iPads to share about what we are learning in Reading, Math and Science. It has been so much fun!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We have started learning about different nonfiction text features and how they help us to understand what we are reading!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fun!

Today we went to see students from the middle school perform a play called "The Wicked Witch on Trial". It was very funny and we got to decide whether the witch was innocent or guilty!

We also had a friend come to visit the class who moved away in December!

It was a great day in 2nd Grade :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Second Graders have been focused on thinking about what resolutions are, and figuring out what they resolve to do for the New Year 2017! One thing that we can all agree on is that resolutions, no matter how big or small, require some work. We spent all of last week working hard on writing resolutions as well as creating a fun "craftivitiy" to display our thinking around this topic. Take a peek at what we were able to accomplish!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mini-Mayflower Challenge

Today we spent the entire day working on a Thanksgiving STEAM Challenge. We began the day with building our background knowledge about who the Pilgrims were and how they came to be on the Mayflower ship. We had a lengthy discussion about what it must have been like for the Pilgrims to take such a long journey, as well as what they would have needed/ been able to bring with them.

Next, we shifted gears a bit and thought about what the word Capacity means.  We tied this knowledge back to the Mayflower's capacity to carry the Pilgrims across the ocean, and the fact that over 100 Pilgrims and sailors were on the Mayflower traveling for about 9 weeks. This lead to a great discussion about how a ship's structure impacts the ship's ability to float and carry heavy loads.

At this point students were presented with the challenge of creating a ship in small groups, that would have the largest capacity and still function properly to get the Pilgrims across the ocean. Of course there were constraints on materials and time, so each group had to work as a team and create the best ship possible with what they had. It was a great day and every group was successful in creating a ship that had a capacity to hold over 100 pennies!

All of the groups will be presenting their designs and discussing what went well, what was challenging, and what they would do differently next time tomorrow morning!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homework & Habits of work...

I just wanted to give parents a heads up that if you look under the Parent Resources tab on this blog, you will find the links for our Reading Homework Questions and the Habits of Work "I can..." statements.

As always don't hesitate to contact me through email or by phone if you have any questions!