Second graders worked hard on writing stories about their friends this week. After their hard work they had the opportunity to share their stories, learn more about their classmates, and ask thoughtful questions. I am so impressed with how well they share, listen, and work together!
Last we we started our Weather unit in Science. We talked about different ways to measure weather (thermometers, anemometers, wind socks, and rain gauges. We made our own windsocks on Friday and tested them out today.
Last week we read the story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Along with the story students practiced making connections about a time they had a bad day and shared their connections with their teams.
We are partnering with Mrs. Novak's 4th Grade class to do some Buddy Work. This month we did some activities to help the students get to know one another better. Then the 2nd and 4th graders created some fall poems.
This week our class studied the voting process. We began our mini-unit with reading a book about voting. We discussed vocabulary such as: candidates, election, polls, and ballot. We learned about how you can learn about different candidates (TV, newspaper, websites) and discussed how voting can be private. Students also learned you need to be 18 to participate in an official election. To put the process into practice we had a classroom election of our own. Second graders were put into groups and each group was assigned a candidate. The candidates were different types of cookies. Groups were to create a convincing poster about why we should vote for their cookie.
After creating the posters, groups had to present a commercial to convince us to vote for their cookie.
After the commercials, we set up a voting booth in the classroom. The second graders had to come and register (first and last name, address, phone number) and were then able to vote.
We tallied up the votes, and the winner was...
The students had a great time working together, presenting their work, and having a vote. It was a great, fun way to learn about the voting process!
In our classroom we do Guided Math. This means I have three groups of students. One group will meet with me for a lesson. The other groups are doing one of the following: games, paper practice, math manipulatives, or IPads. Here is a glimpse at the activities the different groups worked on this week.
The September 100% Club had lunch on Monday. This was a celebration for having 100% of homework turned in. Second Graders will have a another chance in October!
Last Friday we celebrated the Hastings Homecoming with wearing blue and gold. We had to get a few photos of this GREAT group!
To continue our practice of "Being a Scientist" we conducted an experiment on what happens when you mix oil with water. Students began with asking a question: What Happens When Oil is Mixed with Water?. Then predictions were made and recorded. We conducted the experiment, recorded our data, and made conclusions.