Thursday, April 21 is Poem in My Pocket Day. Everyone is encouraged to share, read, write, and listen to poetry. Our class wrote some of our favorite poems to put into a pocket to share with others.
This week in math we have been working on geometry. Students worked to reach their goals of representing and extending patterns. They also had to find the area of regular figures using square centimeters. Once second graders demonstrated being able to find the area of regular figures, they practiced estimating the area of unusual figures.
These photos were taking on the day of our voting lesson. Student had the made up scenario of our school receiving $500. Their job was to decide how the money was to be spent. The choices they were give were: a butterfly garden, artwork, and recycling. The second graders had to come up with both pros and cons for each one. After discussing the pros and cons, second graders were given a vote. And the winner was...A BUTTERFLY GARDEN!
These photos are from our Junior Achievement lesson on money. Students played a money matching game. After the money game, students learned about how money travels from place to place. They did this through song and acting it out. We had a wonderful experience with Junior Achievement! I am so grateful for community volunteers.
We are fortunate to have a Junior Achievement volunteer coming to our classroom to teach the Second Graders about economics, community, and government. They have been having a wonderful time this week. Here are a few of the fun things we have done so far!
In the first two photos they are playing a game of Team Career Tic Tac Toe. While playing students read and learn about different careers and the skills needed for those careers. The next photos show the second graders as workers at Sweet O Donuts. They first learned what it was like to try to make all of the donuts on their own. Then they worked in an assembly line. The compared which worked better. Two teams had better luck with assembly line work, while one team worked better on their own. A great discussion about teamwork, compromise, and kindness came from the activity. The final two photos are from our lesson on paychecks, taxes, and community workers. It has been a wonderful, hands on experience!
During our Reader's Workshop we have been discussing text features and how they are used in expository text. Second graders put their knowledge to work by going on a scavenger hunt to find text features in non-fiction text. They took photos of the features, and created a collage. They also uploaded their work to Seesaw! If you get the chance check out the collage your child made. It was a great way to showcase their knowledge, while creating something!
We have been working on non-fiction pieces as part of our Writer's Workshop. Last week students wrote interview questions to write about one another. The assignment was to write three questions, and then ask follow up questions. The took notes and shared with the class what they learned about one another.