Today we worked together to create resource pages (bibliographies) for our reports. Second graders are learning about the importance of reliable sources and citing their sources. So impressed with their hard work and dedication to their projects!
Today the second graders used on-line and paper articles to continue their research. This is to encourage multiple sources. The students used a different color to record their new information on their note taking sheet.
This week second graders selected a topic for his/her research writing project. They were able to select any topic they were excited to learn more about. Many of the students selected animals. We also had some plants, buildings, and space topics. The first step was to read a book and work to become an "expert". Next, the second graders read an article. During this time they took notes on a "dash facts" graphic organizer. Next week we will work to put the information together in a report form. Second graders will add a variety of text features. The final step will be to create a Google Slides presentation to present to the class. Check back each week for an update!
In Science we have been discussing matter and its various properties. Today we conducted two different experiments. First, we looked at a variety of spoons and made a hypothesis for each one on whether it would sink or float. After discussing common properties of spoons that would sink or float, the second graders selected their own classroom item to test. In the final photo you can see the items on the left we the "sink" items and the items on the right were the "float" items. Second graders had reasons and were able to back up with thoughts with observations and connections to the spoons.
This week we began our non-fiction writing unit. We began our week by reading the book Kate and Pippin. This is the true story about an unusual friendship between a deer(Pippin) and a dog (Kate-a Great Dane). We heard the story and discussed what we were wondering about the story. The second graders work in partners to come up with questions about the story. Then, second graders wrote a shared report on the book. Second graders also heard an interview with the author of the book. Later in the week we read How to Be a Friend: a Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them. Second graders discussed in pairs tips on how to be a good friend. Our class is now working to create our own classroom guide to being a good friend. We also had a discussion and compared and contrasted the two stories we read this week.