Friday, September 29, 2017

Science: Building Continents

In science this week we used what we learned about landforms over the past few weeks to create a culminating project to help wrap-up our first science lesson of the year. We split up into seven small groups to model the seven continents with clay. Later in the week we used maps to research the landforms on our continent. We added rivers, lakes, mountain ranges and plains to our continents. Students love working in these cooperative small groups and did a fabulous job with their modeling. project-based learning can be so powerful!

S.T.E.M. Challenge: Bucket Towers

This morning we had our first S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Challenge of the year! Today's mission was to build a tower with a suspended bucket that is free-swinging and holds weight (pennies). The structure can only be built using straws, string and tape. 

We had such creative ideas flowing through our classroom! After brainstorming and formulating a plan for only three minutes, teams worked together for ten minutes to build, test, and revise a bucket tower that could hold as many pennies as they could. We had so much fun!

Here are pictures of each team with their final product (revised) after our whole-school walk through!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Welcome to Second Grade!

We have had a great first twelve days of second grade! We have experimented with landforms, created Maps of our Hearts, wrote a Summer Day poem, and read some excellent 'just right' books in Reader's Workshop. There is so much we have already enjoyed so far in second grade!

One of the students favorite activities is weaving at the end of the day. Here is a snapshot of our classroom at 2:55pm. Busy workers!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Summer!

Thank you for all of your help over the past year!

It has been a pleasure to teach and learn from your children everyday. I feel privileged to have had such a wonderful group of students this year. As a class, we talk all the time about how we have morphed throughout the year into a family, or community of learners. I believe it is so important that students feel comfortable participating, sharing, and opening up in the classroom. This group has not only been able to do that, but also helped to guide each other on their journey together through second grade. They are such creative and inspiring learners. Have a wonderful summer vacation!

But first... one more selfie!
Okay... maybe two :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Audubon Field Trip

We went on a great field trip to the Ipswich River Audubon Nature Sanctuary! We got to check out some interesting artifacts, practiced rolling logs under the tree canopy looking for insects, and used different kinds of nets in field and forest ecosystems to collect samples. It was a great day and we had fun! Thank you to our wonderful parent chaperones who came with us!

Tangram Masters

We have been enjoying our geometry unit on plane and solid shapes. Students showed perseverance when solving tangram puzzles! They were so proud!

Gloucester Field Trip Fun!

We had an incredible day at our field trip to the Gloucester Maritime Museum and Touch Tanks! We examined touch tanks, learned about categorizing and identifying whales, saw a massive whale skull, created a fish art print, and zoomed in on phytoplankton using microscopes! Thank you again to our awesome parent chaperones who helped to make it a great day! Ask your child what their favorite part of the trip was...