Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day! All second grade classes gathered in the cafeteria to share a favorite poem they had written or a favorite poem by another author. They shared with several different classmates and had lots of fun!
I am so proud of all of the hard work the second graders have been putting into their non-fiction pieces!! By the end of the week most students will have published their books. We will keep them at school for a couple of weeks to share with one another and some fourth grade friends. We will have a publishing party to celebrate! If you would like to see/hear your child's work before the books are sent home, check out Seesaw!
We are very fortunate to have a volunteer from Junior Achievement coming into our classroom for five weeks. During this time the second graders will learn about community, careers, economics, voting, and various other social studies concepts. Our first session included learning about the community and different jobs in the community. The second graders learned about goods and services and which careers and jobs made goods and others that offer services. They played Career Tic Tac Toe and had a wonderful time!
For the past few weeks the second graders have been enjoying non-fiction books. We have been talking about, using, identifying, and creating different text features. They even went on a text features scavenger hunt with the iPad and created collages. This week we talked a lot about diagrams. Here are a few photos of second graders creating diagrams of their hands.
To finish up our week and our geometry unit in math we had stations today. The second graders rotated through 4 different stations to practice their geometry, patterns, and finding area skills.
Station 1: Continuing shape patterns and using pattern blocks to create their own shapes and patterns
Station 2: Continuing motion and growth patterns and using unifix cubes to create their own motion and growth patterns
Station 3: Finding the area of shapes and creating their own shapes and finding area using grid paper
Station 4: Creating a pinwheel to demonstrate motion geometry
In celebration of Earth Day we used the song "Wonderful World" to guide us in learning about poetry, visualization, and using evidence from the text. The second graders listened to the song a few times and drew what the song made them visualize. Then volunteers came up to highlight different parts of the song as evidence to why they drew what they did. It was a fun Earth Day learning experience! :)
This week some students began working on finding the main idea and details in non-fiction articles. They used different symbols to annotate the article ( ? = something the didn't understand, ! = interesting fact, O = new word, Star = main idea and ____ = important detail). All students will be working on this in the upcoming weeks.
We worked on slides, flips, and turns today! Here are a few photos of the second graders creating turns with their pattern blocks. We are created and identified slides and flips. We also got up and used motion with our bodies to demonstrate slides, flips, and turn.
This week we began a mini-unit on geometry. We spent time reviewing 2-D shapes. Then the second graders had to predict and confirm what it would look like to combine different 2-D shapes. The next step was to predict and confirm what would happen if we cut the different shapes. Finally, the students had some time to combine, cut, and create their own figures!