On Monday we celebrated with our Thanksgiving Feast. The feast was a huge success. The second graders had fun, were so polite, and learned a few things about the history of being a child around the time of the first Thanksgiving. We began our celebration in the morning by making our own butter. Later, we had lunch all together in the classroom. Everyone shared what they were thankful for, and we enjoyed the meal. After eating, we began our stations. Our stations included: a Native American stick game, ring toss, making horn books, studying proverbs, making wampum necklaces, writing acrostic poems, playing a penny colony game, and reading a mini-pages article about being a pilgrim child. Check out our video of the feast below. Once again, thank you to all of the volunteers that made this year a wonderful success! See below for the recipe on how to make butter...it is so simple and would be a fun project to do at home. Happy Thanksgiving! So thankful to be the teacher for this amazing, sweet, hard-working group of second graders.
To make your own butter you will need: a glass jar, whipping cream, and salt. Pour whipping cream into jar. Add salt to taste. Shake the jar vigorously for a long time...and you have butter!! Enjoy!
Second graders heard the poem "My Neighbor's Dog is Purple". The first time they heard the poem, I left out the last two lines. Then, they created their visualizations. The second I time included the last two lines, and they created their new visualizations. Here is what they came up with:
We finished up our weather unit by studying different types of clouds. Second graders created posters, which included information on cumulus, cirrus, and stratus clouds. After making the information poster, we decided to take a creative approach. We read the books It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw and Little Cloud by Eric Carle. After reading about different shapes clouds (usually cumulus) can be, the students created their own shapes. Check out the finished products!
A large part of our reading curriculum is meeting in small groups with a teacher. In guided reading I meet with students to read, work on comprehension and other crucial skills. This group worked hard on their fluency this week. Not only did they READ Frog and Toad, but they performed in a Reader's Theater for me.
Last Friday we were lucky enough to have a visit from CLIMB Theater. Actors performed the play "Little Yellow Troll". The play was about finding your self control. It was entertaining and educational. Students were taught to use the saying, "Stop, 2, 3. Breathe, 2, 3. Use your self-control. CLIMB theater does a wonderful job of performing plays based upon real issues children face, and how to handle those issue.
In Science we are learning bout weather. This week we focused on the water cycle. We watched a video on BrainPop, read about, made our own drawing of, and created models of the water cycle. Here are a few examples of the wonderful work second graders did to show the water cycle in their Science Inquiry Notebooks.
We celebrated Halloween with a Wacky Tacky fun day! Second graders were encouraged to dress wacky and tacky for the day...and they did a fabulous job! In the afternoon, each second grade teacher hosted a different classroom filled with fun. The students could choose an arts and crafts room, a building and creating room, a board game room, or a group game room. After the party we came back to our classroom, enjoyed a snack, and played Halloween BINGO. We had a wonderful day!