We read the book Balloons Over Broadway. The book is about the puppeteer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The books tells all about the challenges the puppeteer faces in creating balloons that everyone can see and that can be easily handled by the puppeteers. It took us through the history of the parade. We also watched clips from the 1939 parade, the 2015 parade and the 2016 parade. We explored the website and looked at some of the balloons that will be featured this year. Finally, the second graders designed their own balloons!
We gathered as a school today to close our Fun Run fundraising. Students who raised a certain dollar amount were able to add a topping to our human sundaes!
This week for social studies we learned about the voting process. First, we read a story called Can I Vote? After reading the story we talked about who can vote (adults 18 and older), why we vote, and ways to help decide (research). Next, the students worked in groups to create posters about a cookie. They also used the ChatterKids app to create a commercial. Then, the groups presented their posters and commercials to the class. Then, I have the second graders register to vote (lots of second graders need to practice their street address! :)). Finally, the second graders were able to vote (privately) in a class election for the best cookie. To see the commercials check out your child's folder on Seesaw!
This week we wrapped up visualizing as a reading strategy focus. The second graders had to work on their own to not only create the mental images in their mind, but use text evidence as proof. I was so happy that we all were able to meet goal! Second graders were ready for me when I asked them to show me where the words supported their thinking. We are working hard this year to "read like a detective, and write like a reporter".
This week in math was spent examining, discussing, and extending patterns. We specifically looked at patterns that come with counting by 2s. We worked as a class to brainstorm things that come in 2s, and then voted on something we wanted to create a poster for. The second graders voted to create a poster of shoes. Each student created their own drawing of a pair of shoes to add to our poster. Next, we discussed observations we had about the poster and counting by 2s. The second graders recorded their information. They even had to think about rows that were NOT shown on the poster (i.e. if there are 10 rows, how many shoes would there be?). Finally, we used the hundreds board to circle numbers as we counted by twos, and extended the pattern.