Friday, March 2, 2018

Read Across America Day!

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

Check out our Padlet entries to hear about our favorite books:
Read Across the World Padlet

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Opinion Chatterpix Project

Over the past few weeks in Writer’s Workshop students have been diligently working on their The Day the Crayons Quit opinion piece. We have worked with an O.R.E.O. graphic organizer to make sure our reasons and opinions matched, and that we used strong feeling words to strengthen our opinion. We have some very creative and innovative writers in our class! 

Last week we used the Chatterpix app to bring this project to life! Using ipads, students drew a personified picture of their crayon and recorded their voice reading their opinion why they are the best color. Check out our project below!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dash: Robot Training

Our second graders were so excited to have Mr. Guditus, the district's Director of Educational Technology, come in last Wednesday to introduce us to DASH, our new robot friend. The kids used basic block coding to guide Dash to move, dance, and speak. We can't wait to experiment more with Dash in the future!

February is for Friendship

During class meeting last Friday we discussed friendship. We decided that in the month of February, our class would celebrate friendship. 

We have started a new incentive plan in our classroom where any teacher working in our classroom will provide positive reinforcement with a 'pink ticket' each time we see a child being kind, helpful, and respectful to a friend or friends. 

If a child receives a ticket, they write their name on it and put the ticket in a bucket for a daily drawing. At the end of each day, I will pick one ticket and reward the student's good behavior with either a phone call, email, or positive note home. 

When we come together for class meeting again in two weeks, we will reflect on our goal. Your students are doing a great job with this plan and we already see so much kindness in just a few days!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Writer's Workshop: OREO Opinion Writing

In Writer’s Workshop we started writing opinion pieces. In the past week, our students have been busy at work writing about the strong opinions they have about characters in the books they have read. We week we started using an 'O.R.E.O.' graphic organizer to help us keep our writing organized and include reasons and examples to support our opinion.

We kicked off this mode of writing with a fun song to help us remember what each letter in 'O.R.E.O.' stands for, and what the word opinion really means! We can't wait to work on more fun projects with this style of writing!

Click on the link below to hear the song!

Science Investigation: Coastal Erosion

In science this week we have been busy exploring how we can slow Earth’s surfaces changes. Over the past month have charted and learned about slow Earth changes, as well as rapid Earth changes. This week, students worked in small groups to design a coast and creatively construct barriers to slow coastal wind erosion.

On Thursday we tested out our designs! Each group blew through straws to show gentle wind and we used a hairdryer to create strong winds. Ask your child if their design was successful in slowing or even preventing erosion!

Math Workshop: Balancing Equations

In Math Workshop over the past few weeks students have been working on multiplication tables of 2, 5 and 10. Throughout this unit students have learned many strategies to multiply and divide using models and known multiplication facts. In second grade students learn to balance equations using multiplication facts combined with addition and subtraction facts they know. We've been having fun using a number scale to visualize and check our balanced equations!