In math this week it has been all about threes! The second graders began the week by helping me figure out how many circles we would need as a class if each student wanted to create a snow person with three circles. The first photos show the students solve that problem. Once we figured out we needed 66 snowballs each second grader decorated his/her own snow person to help us think about threes. I put the snow people up in a graph format and put a photo on the SMARTBoard. The next day students used the snow people to help me write equations to show a repeated addition and multiplication problem for each row of snow people. The second graders discussed with partners the patterns that they noticed. Finally, the second graders had to record observations about the number patterns they noticed. They also had to solve what would be in the 7th, 10th, and 20th rows. It was a great exercise that really challenged their thinking!
As the final piece of working on asking and answering questions in non-fiction text the second graders are completing a biography research project. Each student picked three famous people he or she would be interested in learning more about. Next, second graders shared with a partner questions he or she generated about their famous person. Then, the students used PebbleGo as an online resource to take notes on a graphic organizer. The students will continue research with another source tomorrow and then create a poster about his/her famous person.
Kicking Off I LOVE TO READ Month with School Wide DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and Reading with 4th Grade Buddies
This week we looked at the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The second graders already knew a lot about MLK, so we focused in on his important words. Students used his words as inspiration to create a variety of projects. Some made paper collages of his words, others created a digital collage. Everyone created a writing piece thinking about ways to make the world a better place. I am always so humbled by the big and beautiful ideas the second graders generate. Please check out Seesaw for a voice recording of your child's work!