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!
What a busy week, or rather weeks. We had been working hard on showing our best stuff or our families on Open House night. Did you get excited when your heard our audioboom: Look at our...solar system writing, animal habitat writing, butterfly life cycle, pizza fraction, google slide, and whatever we else we have around the room! It was fun snapping a silly family picture of you with our word chunk costume accessories on Open House night.
We hope you found a good spot to plant your pumpkin! Keep us updated in the summer and in October when it may grow a pumpkin (provided the animals don’t have their nibbles).
Thank you for the wonderful teacher’s appreciation week. Every day of the week, I was peppered with the biggest smiles and gifts to say, “Thank you.” I love all the little and big gifts. I will treasure the memory book filled with each student’s writing about our time together! I am so truly blessed.
We have been learning about shapes. The prior week we learned about 2-D shapes. We learned about shape attributes: sides and vertices/angles/corners. This week we learned about 3-D shapes. We gathered things around our room to sort and organize the shapes. On Friday, we had our shape party. Who knew shapes were everywhere!!!
Check out our pumpkins. Many of the seeds has sprouted! We are learning that plants need water and sun to survive and thrive!
Happy Mother’s Day to the best mothers and grandmothers we could ever ask for! We hope you enjoyed our child-made mother’s day gift. Did you chant along to our Boom Chicka Boom song?
Bus, animals, lunch, biggest playground, and rides--best field trip ever! We had so much fun at the animal zoo. Kids were excited to see the various animals we have been talking about it in our habitat study. We saw the moosafa running across the yard. The meerkats stood on its hind as the lookout! The lemurs were lounging in the tree. Did you see the jaguar? Was it camouflaging against the rocks and trees? We got to feed the farm animals. Listen to it on our audioboom. The following Monday we wrote a journal entry about our zoo field trip. We wrote it on a google slide.
Look at our amazing garden. We planted some donated plants and seeds. In the corner are pumpkin seeds. Let’s see it thrive come fall! Then we planted a variety of flower plants like marigolds, petunias, and gerber daisy. We planted a variety of seeds like milkweed (come and visit, monarch butterflies), cosmos, and daisies. We also got to each plant our own pumpkin seed in an individual cup to take home.
We learned how to divide things in equal parts--fractions. We made cookies. We knew we needed to share it with friends. We shared a half, ½. We shared fourths, ¼. We shared a very tricky thirds, ⅓ (cut it like a Y). Everybody is happy because we divided the cookies in equal parts!
Thank you for the wonderful art lesson. We learned to paint poppies. We mixed red and yellow to make the bright orange colors. After some drying and flattening, we will use it to decorate our walls!
We have been learning about butterfly and its life cycle. First an egg, then a caterpillar, next a chrysalis, and last an adult butterfly (which lays an egg and starts the whole cycle again!).
We have been learning about compound words. We made a series of compound videos. Students came up with a team, each team member was responsible for a compound word. “I have a butter. I have a fly. Ungh--butterfly.” PPAP.
We are continuing our study of habitats. We have taken a journey to the arctic tundra where a thick layer of ice permeates the ground. We learned about the polar bears, who actually get hot there! Why? Well, polar bears have two coat of fur, black skin (yes, you heard right--black skin), and a thick layer of blubber. We did an experiment to feel like a polar bear. We placed our finger in a cup of cool water. Then we put on a layer of blubber (vegetable shortening) around our finger. We put that same finger in the water. Amazing, we do not feel the cool water! No wonder the polar bears can swim in the freezing arctic water!
Deserts are places with less than 10 inches of rainfall (that includes the arctic!). One of America’s biggest desert close to us in the Sonoran Desert. We learned about a tall spiky giant--the saguaro cactus. It can grow for 150 years. It takes about 35 years for a flower to bloom. The cactus serves as a food and shelter for many animals. One of the animals is the Gila woodpecker. This medium size bird pecks a hole in the cactus to make a home. Then when it no longer needs a home, an elf owl can take it over. Here we are doing the beautiful colors of the desertscape.
We returned from spring break by sharing about our vacation. Students stood in front of the class to tell us about their fun trips and stay-cations. Listen to it on our audiocast.
We usually write about our long vacations in our journal upon return to school. This time, we took the spring photos and inserted it into our google slide. Google slides and doc is a different means to communicate your ideas in written form via technology. This also gave us a chance to learn more how to use google slide (and how to type on the computer!). Students wrote a title heading and their name. Then they wrote about their topic (spring vacation) with some details. Hopefully they closed it with an adjective!
Tech-wise, this was another level of learning. Of course, students are working their ideas, how to form a sentence, how to spell, spacing, and whatever writing skills needed to go with our regular pencil and paper tools. Using google, students had questions like inserting text, how to delete, making capitals, trying to fix that red squiggly line (spell correction), someone asked how to do an apostrophe (but questioned logically why it was on the lower part of the button when in writing it’s up top), and of course--I just had it and now it’s all gone! Did you know google slides and docs have one of the best feature--automatic save! Also, when something is lost, we just press the undo, undo, undo button! Magic!
On Friday, we ended the week with an ArtSmart project. We made art celebrating old circus posters. We learned about mixed media and collages. We used construction paper, dot stickers, coffee filters, and sharpies for the whiskers. We loved how with the same direction and materials--no two pieces like identical! Masterpieces! Thank you HSC!
We have been learning about non-standard and standard units of measurement. Your child might have tried to measure all the household’s shoes and put them in size order. That’s the same assignment we did within our table group. We used our unifix cubes to continue our non-standard measurement. Then we found a twin amongst us, having the same number of cubes.
Using standard units, we learned about inches. We used an “inch worm” to measure our feet size. We used a tape measurer to measure our body parts. We found out who shortest friends are and who the tallest kid is in our class!
Then we worked with centimeters. We played a fun measurement game using a 100 centimeter ruler (1 meter yard stick), number cube, and hot wheel car. We also talked about how the meter units are using base 10: 100 centimeter = 1 meter; 1,000 meters = 1 km. Looks like the international and scientific worlds love “my friend 10.”
Thank you for making a great egg hunt on the day before spring vacation. Kids had a great time hunting for their 6 eggs. We enjoyed the little surprises in each egg!