We are having fun with science! We are approaching our lessons with STEM education in mind. The STEM approach integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our first fun exploration involved pompom poppers created using a yogurt container and balloon. We had fun making them and sending the pompoms all over the classroom. Before we work with the pompom poppers again, we will figure out how we can measure and if we can control the distance and accuracy of our poppers.
Our second exploration made use of marshmallows and toothpicks. The second graders were given toothpicks, marshmallows and the direction to build the tallest tower. They were told the tower should be able to fit on the square paper base they were given. They explored ways to connect the toothpicks and marshmallows, and discovered connections that worked well, and connections that didn’t work so well. At first the children were putting several marshmallows on one toothpick, but eventually they figured out the best way to connect the marshmallows. The tallest free standing towers were about three toothpicks tall. We are going to learn more about building design and give the tallest tower challenge another try. We will also try to build a tall tower that can hold a cup with some pennies in it.
The second graders read and talked about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” They each wrote and illustrated their Dream for the world. They used the Telegami App to publish them. They can all be found on our class Kidblog.
Every year on Halloween the 1st and 2nd Graders don their Halloween costumes and travel to our neighbors at Clark Retirement Home and parade for all the residents. This event is a highlight for both the students and the residents. The residents often dress up as well and like to hand out candy to the students. The students enjoy the chance to show off their costumes and of course getting some treats.
1st, 2nd and 3rd graders were part of The Living Rosary on Wednesday. Thanks to the organization of Mrs. Dressander, we were able gather outside as a school with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students standing in for the beads. We were blessed with a beautiful day and it was a beautiful prayer.
Today was our second Skype Chat with our friends at St. Louis School in Maryland. During our first chat Mrs. Whiteford’s class taught us to sing the “Hail Mary” in Spanish. Today, after we prayed the “Hail Mary” together in Spanish, they led us in a game of Las Formas – Shapes. Mrs. Whiteford would call out the shape in Spanish and we would try to find it and write down the letter on the other side. It was great fun and we plan to play it some more on our own. Mrs. Whiteford’s class sent us the cards we need to play the game along with treats and plastic cups with their school mascot on them! We were so please to receive the package in the mail. We are thinking about what we can send back to them. We also want to come up with a game we can play with them and we will add a Spanish element to it.
We had a great time making our mark and creating Dots for International Dot Day using the ColAR app on the iPad and the special coloring page created by “The Dot” author Peter Reynolds. The colAR app brings our dots to life and we saw our dots become large spinning globes, a group of flying balls and more! It was fun to put our hand above the picture and try to touch our floating dots. It was also interesting to see what our dot design looked like as it spun and floated. Enjoy a peek at our creativity in the video below.
The second graders are learning about the Flag and our Country. They learned to sing “God Bless America” and made flags. Enjoy the flags and the beautiful voices of the children singing in the video below.
What a wonderful class! We had a great first week getting acquainted, reading wonderful books and working on math. The children were welcoming to our new classmate and showed kindness to each other.
The children demonstrated their reading stamina on the first day and are proud to say that they are readers! While they were not assigned homework, all were encouraged to read and all have reported reading many books every night.The children were given math accounts on the ixl website and many reported working on math at home as well. How else will this wonderful group of 2nd grades shine this year?