I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of the second grade students! We talk and read a lot in grade 2 about being flexible and open to change but it is a really hard skill to master. Second grade has had many unexpected things happen lately and they have taken it all in stride. We had a fun field trip cancelled due to the snow storm, which was very disappointing, but second grade remained optimistic and no one grumbled. We’ve recently had snow days and school delays but second grade students rolled with the changes even though it often meant that their favorite parts of the school day were omitted or lunch in the cafeteria was not what they expected. They even do an amazing job continuing with our typical school day when they come into the classroom and see a new face because one of their teachers is out sick! To celebrate this flexibility, we are having a popcorn and movie party this afternoon. We just finished reading aloud Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so we will watch the movie together (all of the students requested the “old” version of the movie). When you have a moment, please congratulate your second grader for being so patient and flexible and responsible!
If your child’s backpack seems a little heavier than normal this afternoon it’s probably because they are coming home with their desk rock collections. Today in class students sifted and categorized various rocks according to size and properties. They have also almost completed their rock ABC research books. Tomorrow we will finish our rock science binders and send them home for families to enjoy. Up next… our second grade social studies “Country of Origin” unit-of-study!
In second grade, we spent the past two weeks thinking about how to collect, organize and compare data. Each morning as they entered the classroom, students responded to a different question in graph form so we could discuss and compare the daily results. Students worked with Yekti (alien) cards to organize aliens according to specific properties and play “Guess My Rule.” They categorized information in circles, Venn diagrams and bar graphs. They also worked in pairs to organize their classmates’ favorite weekend activities and most popular choices for party foods.
In second grade we are always learning how to better read, write and think like scientists. At the moment, we are taking a very close look at rocks and soil to see what new things we can discover about very common objects. Students have collected rocks over the past week to keep at their desks, observe and share with their friends. We identified several of the properties of specific types of volcanic rocks (tuff, basalt and scoria) and observed how much rock dust they made and how they interacted with water. We are also researching rocks and minerals using at least two sources (information books and PebbleGo online) and creating rock ABC books to share with the kindergarten class. Here’s a joke we love in second grade at the moment: What’s a rock’s favorite kind of music? Rock music. According to these second graders, rocks really rock!
Second grade students brought some love and color to our school hallway during this snowy week by sharing poems they wrote. Parents, teachers and students left complimentary post-it notes for the poets’ hard work and the hallway ended up looking like a cheerful rainbow! Thank you to all the students, staff and families who participated in the walk.
During writing workshop students in second grade are experimenting with a different way to express their thinking- through poetry! During this writing unit students are working together to deepen their understanding of poetry by studying mentor poems and writing/editing/rewriting lots and lots of their own poetry. Before getting to work writing new poems each day, we review some of the different strategies that poets use, including…
- Finding a topic that gives them a big feeling
- Writing about small moments or details within that big feeling/topic
- Looking with poets’ eyes and seeing ordinary things in a new way
- Writing lots and experimenting with line breaks, sounds and words
Please save the date and plan to come to school on February 14th for our second grade poetry walk. Original poems will be posted all over the school for our community to enjoy!