This week students tested shapes to find out if the shapes were symmetrical and how many lines of symmetry the different shapes had. Each group had to create a resource card for us to display and sort. Everyone participated in reader's theater of The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett. The second graders conducted and graphed surveys asking each other if they preferred hats or earmuffs and if they preferred mittens or gloves. We visited the Science Museum. And we decorated mittens with our favorite characters from The Mitten.
This week in social studies we have been discussing economics. We began the unit by watching BrainPop! videos on goods and services. After watching the video we had a discussion on goods and services and did a sorting activity. Next, we read the book The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Money. This prompted a discussion on spending and saving. The second graders then working to earn money for doing their classroom jobs. Today was payday. :) After the second graders were paid, they needed to pay me rent and taxes. They were also required to put some money into savings. After that they were able to spend their money in the Mitchell Holiday Market. The second graders had fun learning about saving, spending, supply and demand, and the (sometimes difficult) choices of economics.
We read the story Alejandro's Gift. After reading the story we discussed what the true meaning of giving was. Second graders were able to think of so many times they gave of themselves or when someone gave to them. They put their thoughts and ideas onto the gifts. Please take a moment to read their touching words in the slideshow below.
We had a fabulous week of learning in second grade! From top left-
1. Second graders shared inferences they made in their independent reading books!
2. We had Mr. Leiser visit and do coding with us for Computer Science Week
3. In writing we made lists and wrote about our likes and dislikes-we were inspired by the book I Will Never, Not Ever, Eat a Tomato
4-5. We learned a new math game-5 in a Row-the second graders have to add two digit numbers and find the answer on the game board. The first to get 5 in a Row is the winner!