This week in science we began our discussion on changes in matter. Second graders used modeling clay. First they observed the clay and discussed the properties. Then, they rolled the clay into a ball and shared with a partner the new properties. Finally, they were able to create their own figure out of the clay. We had a discussion on ways to change the clay (rolling, smashing, breaking, squishing, etc.)
Last week I posted about the publishing the second graders did with their writing. I was so proud of their hard work I surprised them with a "Published Party". They enjoyed popcorn and punch while sharing their writing. It was so fun to walk around and hear them sharing their writing, asking and answering thoughtful questions, laughing, and encouraging one another.
There are so many moments I look around the classroom and see collaboration among the second graders. I am overtaken with pride for them and know that I wouldn't want to be anywhere else than here with these amazing children. Here are just a few of those moments I captured this week.
The second graders have worked SO HARD to create, proof-read, edit, and publish their fiction stories. I am so impressed with their hard work and dedication to the project. They took so much pride in what they were doing. If you can't tell, I am just a *little* proud of them! Their stories will be coming home soon, but we are going to keep them to enjoy in the classroom for a little longer.
We were fortunate to have a parent come in this week to teach us all about liquid nitrogen. The second graders (and I) were able to learn about the properties of liquid nitrogen and what it is used for. It worked in perfectly with our unit on matter. We were able to watch a bunch of wonderful experiments. The second graders LOVED it!
On March 2, we celebrated Read Across America Day. In our classroom we did a variety of writing, math, and reading activities. We enjoyed Dr. Seuss books. We were also able to listen to Dr. Seuss books being read aloud on a YouTube channel. Mr. Leiser, our Technology Integration Specialist, set this up for the district. Students, principals, and special guests participated as readers. Check out our slideshow below to see how we celebrated!