As part of our second grade social studies curriculum we are fortunate to have a volunteer from Junior Achievement come to our class. For the next five weeks on Tuesdays, our volunteer will be coming to our classroom to teach about community, government, and economics. This week she taught about community and the different members of a community and what jobs they might have. The second graders had fun playing community member tic tac toe!
In math we posed the question "How Long is 1,000?". We used plastic links to help us out. First, the second graders worked in teams to create 10 chains of 10. Then they put their chains together to form 100. Our final step was to create a LONG chain of 10 groups of 100. We practiced counting by 10s and 100s. The second graders predicted how long our chain would be. Then we make predictions on if a human chain would be longer than our link chain (it wasn't). Our chain stretched all the way from the playground doors to the intersection of the hallway. What a fun way to see how long 1,000 might look like!
After measuring 1,000 clips in the hallway, we broke the chain into 100 clips again. The students worked in teams to measure classroom items and to separate their findings into 100s, 10s, and 1s.
During our reading and writing time we have been exploring the use and importance of different text features. This week the second graders selected an expository non-fiction text and on a scavenger hunt to find different features. Their final step was to create a collage and put it on Seesaw.
We are getting started on our next book we will be publishing! Second graders will be come "experts" on a non-fiction topic (most students selected animals). The first step is researching using multiple sources and taking notes. Next week second graders will cite their sources and start putting their writing under headings in different categories in paragraph form.
This week in writing we began our non-fiction writing unit. We read the book Kate and Pippin and also read an interview with the photographer of the book. The second graders then practiced writing their own interview questions for classmates. Today the second graders interviewed a partner and practiced asking follow up questions and taking notes.
The past two days we have been continuing our study of matter. We reviewed the different states of matter, properties of different items, and mass. Then we learned about physical and chemical changes. Our "test" was to observe a snowman and talk about the different states of matter a snowman goes through in its lifetime.
Students also had two pieces of clay of equal size. One piece everyone rolled into a ball. The other piece they were able to shape any way they wanted. We then tested the mass of both pieces of clay in a balance.
Finally, we created fortune tellers and talked about physical changes to paper. The second graders had so much fun cutting, folding, and playing with one another.
We celebrated our published books with a "Published Party" today. Second graders shared their books in small groups and the audience members asked questions and offered friendly comments. After sharing they enjoyed some popcorn and punch as refreshments.
Thank you to our JFK PTO for supplying our classrooms with new indoor recess activities! We have been enjoyed new Legos, Spot It, and new puzzles!