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!
Here are our grade 2 learning targets and success criteria for the week of January 30th…
Grade 2 has added something new to the schedule. After snack each Wednesday we head down to the music room for an invigorating yet peaceful 20 minutes of yoga! Thanks so much to Grace, who leads us in this new adventure each week.
In second grade, we have been lucky enough to get deliveries from the Book Fairy all year long! The day we started a new reading unit on information books, she left two different books about tigers wrapped in pretty paper at our reading area. When we began to delve into poetry, there was a poetry book left behind for us to unwrap. This week, the Book Fairy was busy! Second grade received a giant box with over $200 in shiny, new books for our classroom library. We have had lots of fun unwrapping the books and deciding how to organize them on our classroom library bookshelves (and, of course, lots of fun reading them too)!