Counting down was the exciting topic for each day these past weeks. We ran our final days of the week with something fun. Monday, we read read read! It was so nice to see kids partner up and read or go off to a corner and cuddle up to a good book. Tuesday, we played games. Kids had fun introducing their games from home and sharing it with class friends. Wednesday, we did a Make-It day. Here we did a variety of activities: STEM tubs, make-a-book, tinker kit, puzzle, make a play (theater), and tower lego challenge. Thursday was our outdoor fun Field Day. Our class hosted the rubber ducky race.
Finally, the very last day, we enjoyed a movie together, Space Buddies (combining out topic loves of animals and space!). We voted for the class movie through our first try at google form. It’s a google program where you can answer questions in multiple choice and/or short answers. It gives me, the owner real data that showed the percentage of votes.
The last hour, we ended it with a final circle around the rug. We listened to our 1st grade memories recorded earlier in the day. Then we did a bubble wish. We wished each other a fun summer, a great 2nd grade year, and a heart-felt wish to have our same friends in 2nd grade classes again! With each wish, we got to blow through the bubble wand. May our memories always stay with us and our wishes for 2nd grade come true! Thank you for a wonderful year learning and having fun together!!! It has been a gift to teach and learn with your children, who on Day 1 became my kids, too!
In math we have been learning how to add with 10s and 1s and the 100s chart! We played a game called "Frog Jumper." We jump the frog and watch where it land. If it lands on a lily pad or flower, it can get a series of points from 1-25 points worth in frog eggs (we used mathematical 10 rods and 1 cubes). If we landed on a predator (bird, fish, or snake)--we lose some or all of our precious frog eggs! Win or lose--it was good fun and great learning of counting with 10s and 1s.
Please listen to our audio cast of Poetry Folder. Every week we start the week with the week's poem. We look for word walls, words that we can read, words about the topic, and word chunks (you know how we looooveeee word chunks). On Friday, we each get a copy for our Poetry Folder. We use our favorite tool--highlighters for words and word chuunks; and last we write a topic sentence.. This is one of the best ways for our to practice our literacy skill and also learn some fun topics to go with our units of study.
What a great week of presentations! Thank you for coming to our animal slide presentations! The kids have been working hard from the process of choosing their topic animal, researching in books and online (google it!), writing bullet points in our web organizers, and working it on google slides (this includes writing sentences, working the keyboard, and working the tech side of google slide). One of the best part of this google slide process was the peer support. Oftentimes when kids needed help with something, I would encourage them to ask a neighbor. When I asked the class who could help, hands would shoot up with a “Yes, I know how to do it (and I can teach you!!!).” This makes my work easier!!! ;)
We hope you enjoyed our slide presentations. Thank you for the pink “i” for questions and “c” for comments. Thank you also for being such good dancers. We love that you can be part of our “Celebration time, come on!!!”
Thank you for coming to our music performance. You can hear that our wonderful music teacher has been giving us wonderful instruction about music and singing. We learned great songs about our planet and positive spirit!
Beast of Balance!!! Did your child mention this game? It’s an awesome hands-on game that couples with its iPad app game. The object of the game is to balance the world with beasts and artifacts both physically and ecologically. We used this game to learn about triple equations (3+6+4). We rolled three dice and came up with an equation. We talked about strategies such as a number chunk (like our word chunks). Take the previous equation, knowing 6 and 4 makes 10. Then add 3 more to make 13. Of course, trying to stack the beasts and balance it was all the riot! We were also great sports for when the stacks fell and tried to rebalance it!