Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Elf Store Visit

We had a great time on Monday visiting the Grade Two Elf Holiday Store to decorate our elves. Now, we will use this character to help formulate a creative writing story in Writer's Workshop.

Today in Writer's Workshop, we brainstormed ideas for our setting, characters, magic power, problem and solution. More updates coming soon as we craft some creative stories!

Science: Erosion and Weathering Investigations

In science, we began our study of the many ways in which Earth's surface is constantly changing. Last week, students took part in two science investigations on weathering and erosion. First, we simulated the effects of weathering by shaking bits of chalk in small jars filled with pebbles and then water. The kids had a lot of fun working together to carry out this experiment and draw pictures of their observations.

Later in the week we studied the effects of erosion by gently blowing through a straw against a mound of sand. We each got to blow one time, then each blew ten times. Ask your child how their sand mound changed and what they learned! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We celebrated a big day today! Students worked hard to show mindfulness through the month of November earning feathers for teamwork, creativity, self control, resilience and respect. Today, every student was excited to showcase their full headdress, each earning all five feathers!

Over the past two months, students worked through the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and today-PUBLISHING their own personal narrative stories. I am thankful that I have a group of such hardworking students that come into the classroom ready to learn and be their best selves each day. Have a fun Thanksgiving celebration with your families!

Students showcasing their feathers and published books! Such proud and happy kids!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

S.T.E.M. Challenge: Build a Teddy Bear Chair

This morning, our students participated in our second S.T.E.M. challenge of the year! The challenge was to build a structure using only four pieces of paper and six inches of masking tape that will support a small stuffed animal. The chair must be freestanding and stable while holding the stuffed animal above a surface. Teams only had 3 minutes to collaborate and 10 minutes to construct. Ask your students about their creation!

Google Classroom Project: Build a Jack-o-Lantern

Students just completed their first Google Classroom project of the year: Build a Jack-o-Lantern! Each student was able to log into Google Classroom independently and move through Google slides to create their own jack-o-lantern character. After, each student personified their jack-o-lantern and gave them a voice! Enjoy!


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!