On Monday we took our first field trip to Carpenter Nature Center. We were able to go on this field trip thanks to a grant from CFIndustries. At the nature center we learned about trees. We learned about the parts of a tree, different types of trees, and why trees are important. After a short lesson in the classroom we went outside to play a tree identification game, go for a hike, collect data about trees, and create leaf art. The second graders had a wonderful time learning and being outside. Because I was with a group of students, my photos are mainly from that group. If I receive photos from other adults I will be sure to post them on the blog!
Before our field trip to Carpenter Nature Center we had an indoor picnic in our classroom. It was so fun! We enjoyed the different setting, we only wish we could have been outside!
Here are some snapshots of our week! Starting at the top and going left:
1. Sharing writing in a group
2. Dancing with GoNoodle for a brain break
3. Think. Pair. Share. with a partner to discuss connections to a story
4. More Think. Pair. Share.
5-7. Writing about personal connections to the story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
8-9. Practicing Word Work for the first time and doing GREAT!
We talk a lot about what it means to be an engaged learner in our classroom. The second graders were working during our Writer's Workshop time, and as I looked around I saw our entire class engaged in their learning. It is so fun to see the second graders take ownership of their work!
The Hastings Fire Department came to talk to us about fire safety and prevention. The firefighters talked to us about what causes fires, what to do if there is a fire, and ways to prevent fires. After the presentation we were able to go outside and get a close look at one of the fire engines.
To continue our study of the scientific method we conducted an experiment.
The QUESTION: What happens when you add candy corn to different solutions (water, salt water, baking soda and water, and vinegar)?
Then students came up with different ideas (HYPOTHESIS) on what might happen.
The second graders then tested out the candy corn in the different solutions and RECORDED DATA.
It was fun to see the students trying different things and having scientific conversations about what was happening. We had a class discussion to SUMMARIZE our findings.
We left the candy corn over lunch and came back to find it had disappeared!! (Dissolved).
It was a fun way to practice being scientists!