Writing, Reading & Questioning Like Scientists

IMG_2712Students in second grade are reading, writing and experimenting to learn more about force and motion!  During science the students are conducting experiments to answer questions like whether a car goes further on carpet or rugs, and what pushes and pulls are necessary to make our school playground equipment function most efficiently.  In reading workshop, second graders are reading nonfiction books and working on strategies to self-monitor for understanding as they read.  They are also using post-it notes to connect what they learn in their books to what they already know or what new questions may arise from the information they discover as they read.  Finally, in writing workshop, students are learning to write like scientists!  Second graders are writing lab reports about their science experiments that include a question, a hypothesis, a procedure, results and a conclusion.


Posted in English Language Arts, Science

Countries of Origin Fair

IMG_2626Today’s Country of Origin Fair in second grade was amazing!  Students have spent the past several weeks reading books and articles online to learn more about immigration and the many different people who have immigrated to the United States from many different countries, at many different times, for many different reasons.  This morning second grade students greeted their families by saying, “Hello!” in their country of origin language.  They shared research, artifacts, photographs, and even tasty treats from their countries of origin.  Click here to see more photos from our Countries of Origin Fair.

Posted in English Language Arts, Social Studies

Quabbin Trip


The kindergarten, first and second grade classes went on a field trip to the Quabbin Reservoir today to help restock the water with rainbow trout.  Students worked together to deliver the young trout to the clean and fresh water in buckets and then watched and cheered as a “fish cannon” shot the remaining fish to freedom.  Students also learned more about the creation of the Quabbin and its significance to both humans and wildlife in Massachusetts.  The weather today was quite chilly but we can all agree the field trip was wonderfully sunny and fun!

Posted in Life in Second Grade, Science

Country of Origin Research


Students in grade 2 are researching to learn more about some of their countries of origin.  After a conversation with families, each student chose one country to focus their research and learning on.  Ms. Lobenstine and Ms. Lee in the Learning Commons found lots of great books and web sites for students to use.  One of the goals of this research project is for students to utilize more than one source of information about a topic and decide how to best collect, integrate and share that information.  Students are working to learn more about their country of origin’s traditions, language, landmarks and celebrations.  Grade 2 will host a country of origin fair for families on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 9AM.

Posted in English Language Arts, Social Studies

Learning Targets and Success Criteria

Here are our grade 2 learning targets and success criteria for the week of April 2nd…

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We are SO flexible in grade 2!

th.jpegI 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!

Posted in Life in Second Grade

Goodbye Rocks

IMG_2445If 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!

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