We had a wonderful week in Grade 2! We celebrated Earth Day by listening to Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and drawing our visualizations. In math we created quilts from different shapes and recorded our observations. We had Junior Achievement and learned about earning money, taxes, and different jobs. During our whole group reading time we read opinion articles and had lively debates on if zoos are good for animals or not and if you should be able to bring your own food into movie theaters. During small group reading time we read a variety of articles and poems and discussed main idea and details. On Thursday we celebrated Poem in Your Pocket day by sharing poems written by the students with other second grade students. We were so happy to be outside and sharing poetry!
This week the second graders have been writing several types of poems. They have written diamante, haiku, color, and alliteration poems. Mr. Leiser came in to show us some fun ways we can publish our poetry in a polished and personalized way. Check out Seesaw for examples of your child's beautiful work!
This week in math we focused on geometry and area. Second graders sorted shapes, were detectives playing a game trying to guess shapes based on clues, found the area of different shapes using a variety of tools, and looked at fractions as part of a set and as part of a whole!
Our next unit in science will be on plants. Number Corner is getting us going on our unit a little early! This week the second graders worked in small groups to plant a corn seed and a pea seed. We will be using these seeds to measure growth and plot the growth on a number line throughout the month. Later this month we will continue our science unit on plants. We will closely study seeds and seed parts. We will discuss what plants need. And we will put this into practice by growing, caring for, and observing plants!
The second graders continued their hard work on their non-fiction writing. This past week the second graders worked on citing sources and writing paragraphs. The second graders had to cite at least two sources for their work. When writing paragraphs they needed to include a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a closing sentence. The used their notes to create the sentences. Next week we will be working on final copies!
We began our mini unit on force and motion in science by playing a game of I-Spy. Students had to explain the position of an object using words such as: above, below, over, under, right, left. We discussed if an object changes position it is called motion. We then got out the toy cars and discussed position, motion, and force by using the cars to demonstrate.