Friday, April 21, 2017

Geometry

This week we began our geometry unit. It can be pretty tricky for 2nd graders because of the new vocabulary.

I brought my son's Magformers in the classroom this week to use for centers and they were a hit!

They are magnetic blocks that begin as flat shapes but can be connected to become 3-D shapes. These were so much fun but also great for them to have a hands-on way to understand geometry.

Cursive

We finished our lowercase letters! Before we begin capital letters I thought we needed a bit more practice with Shaving Cream!!! What a fun surprise.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weaving

This week we are reading the Narrative NonFiction story: The Goat In The Rug. It's the story of how a Navajo woman used her goat's wool to weave a rug. The fun part is that it is told from the point of view of the Goat. The kids really enjoyed the story and we took a few minutes to learn how to weave our own "rugs." It was a great first day back!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

First we choose our new pet

Next we sang a few songs and created their birth certificate

We took care of them through the day and even got Mrs. Giglio to babysit when we went to the Gym. Each table had to "pay"  her for her time!

Happy Families!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Back Up and Running!

Woohoo! I purchased a new app that hopefully allows me to quickly add content to our classroom blog quickly and without it crashing like the old app was doing! Hopefully this means more blog updates for you!! Stay tuned and check back often.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dont Judge a Book

This month we celebrated Dr. Seuss. We read his biography, and many of his books. One of the more famous books that most students had schema about was Green Eggs and Ham. One of the lessons I have been teaching in Reading Workshop has been to discover and determine why the author wrote a book or what was the lesson of the story. So we did a little project after the story. I gave each child 2 cups, each had a drink in them one looked like blue kool-aid juice and the other like muddy water. Everone assumed that the blue drink would tast delicious while the muddy drink would be disgusting....look how it turned out..

lets try the blue first.... (salt water)

Now the brown (orange juice and food color)

The lesson is...you can't judge a book by its cover!

Pasta Punctuation and More

We have been working hard on using quotation marks when writing dialog and it has been tricky! So we tried a few alternative activities...

Pasta punctuation, we used elbow macaroni to make our quotation marks.

we worded with a partner to find all of the quotes in one of our books

Even ninja's use punctuation!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Science Day

It was super science day in our classroom! Today we moved our classroom to the school Multi-Purpose room and camped there for the day. We had an all day science experience.

Our second grade science unit is about balance and weighing. We began the day talking about the Scientific method and made super scientist crowns to wear for the day.

Our first task was to balance a butterfly on a pencil.

Our science buddies helped us work through all of the experiments.

We balanced cubes on a beam by moving the fulcrum to different parts of the beam in order to get the weight distributed .

Then it was time for the arm balance

We weighed, compared and measured using objects, school supplies, and even food

We had a super science day!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Egg Project

Today we celebrated our classroom diversity and discussed how lucky we are to be able to be in class with so many different and unique friends!

Next we completed the "Egg Project"  and discussed how even though the eggs were different on the outside they were the same on the inside.

The student responses were thoughtful and sincere

We listened to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech as we worked