This week we had our Empower Me Assembly, learned about fractions, read opinion text and found supporting text to show an author's opinion, we had Junior Achievement and learned about government jobs and taxes, AND we finished up our unit on plants!
The Science Museum of Minnesota came to visit Kennedy! Our educator taught us about being a scientist, the difference between liquids and solids, and the food chain of a pond. We also learned about the importance of keeping our water clean!
On Monday our class was able to visit Carpenter Nature Center. We began with a class to discuss/define nature and living vs. non-living things. The discussion lead to plants and trees. The class wrapped up with a review of the life cycle of a tree. After the class we split into groups. In the groups second graders did a scavenger hunt to find all parts of a tree life cycle. Then they explored a dead log with a partner. They had to observe, draw their log, and think about what animals may have used the log/tree throughout its life. After the log, the second graders learned how to identify different types of trees. They had a relay race to identify trees. Finally, the time ended with a hike to identify trees. It was a beautiful, fun, educational day! Check out the slideshow below for pictures from each of the groups. :)
April is National Poetry Month and we have been celebrating! We have been reading, writing, sharing, and exploring poetry. This past week the second graders visited a different second grade teacher each day to learn about a new type of poem. This week we wrote haiku, alliteration, color, and diamante poems. Next week will be writing autobiographical and shapes poems. We will also be studying poetry vocabulary such as similes, metaphors, stanza, and rhythm. The entire grade level will end the month with a "Poetry Slam" next week. After next week we will continue writing and exploring poetry for another week.
In math we are exploring geometry. This week our focus was on creating quilts and recording mathematical observations about the quilts. We talked about arrays and using equations to show our thinking. Today the second graders created their own unique quilt blocks to use next week to discuss symmetry and tessellations.