We had a lesson this week on using kind words. We reread the story Chrysanthemum. This time as the second graders heard the story they took turns crumpling a paper heart each time they heard someone be unkind in the story. But the time we finished the book, our heart was ripped. We talked about how when others use kind words it hurts our hearts. Then we passed the heart around and each said something kind. As we said something kind we smoothed the heart and put a band-aid on. After we fixed the heart up we talked about how even though we said something nice, we can't take the words back we have said.
We were fortunate enough to have the Hastings Bus Company come to Kennedy today to talk to us about bus safety. The second graders listened to the bus drivers, practiced getting on the bus, and practiced evacuating the bus.
As the second graders build their stamina in Read to Self and Work on Writing, I am slowing introducing them to Read to Someone and Listen to Reading time. For our first few practices they have done a wonderful job! I love these engaged learners!
This week second graders practiced making freewheeling sketches to get ideas for writing. We took a walk around the school, and even went outside to do some of our sketches. Students also sketched things they like to do with their families. We will be writing about those sketches next week!
After lots of great classroom discussions, creating small anchor charts, and practicing life in our flexible learning classroom our class complied this single anchor chart of what our classroom will be like. It is a great reference for all of us each day on the classroom community we want and strive to have. I am so lucky to work with a group of students who want so much for our classroom. It is going to be a great year!
Today to end our week of reading we learned about our schema and how to activate it as readers. We read the story Up North at the Cabin and the second graders wrote down what was activated in their schema. It was fun to connect with the book and learning how our schema can help us be better readers.
We began science this week! Our first unit is on "Being a Scientist". We learn about the scientific method and put it into practice. Here is how we followed the method for our first experiment:
1. Ask a Question: Where should a frog be on a lily pad so it doesn't fall off?
2. Make a Prediction: Where do you think the frog should go? (Record Predictions)
3. Test Prediction: Students used pans of water (pond), paper plates (lily pads) and plastic frogs to test their predictions.
4. Record Data: Second graders recorded their data in their Science Inquiry Notebooks.
Our class worked with Mr. Leiser to learn about using iPads respectfully. The second graders participated in a Pokemon Go hunt for Pokemon with tips on proper iPad care. After the hunt, our class collectively created a video on how to care for iPads. We had so much fun, learned a lot, and are ready to use iPads as tools in the classroom!
Yesterday the second graders worked as a team to create this video on how to "Read to Self" in the classroom! They did an amazing job!