To finish up our study of solids in matter, we explored the different properties of classroom items. We also tested the objects to see if they would sink or float. Finally, we discussed what makes an item float or sink. Next week we will take a closer look at liquids!
This week our focus in literacy was reading about and describing how everyday items change over time. We began our week with an Antique Road Show show and tell. Second graders brought in an artifact from the past to share with us. It was so fun and entertaining to see the different objects. We did a few each day!
To further introduce the week, I showed a quick slide show on how video games have changed and then had to students interact with some actual artifacts. It was so fun to watch them look at the controllers and game cartridges.
The second graders put their skills to practice in a variety of ways throughout the week. In small groups we read books about how different items have changed. We created a visual together in the groups, and discussed how some things have stayed the same. In a large group I modeled how to read, highlight, and record the improvements made over time. The next day students read an article and filled in a graphic organizer with a partner. The final project of the week was for the second graders to self select a book and fill out the graphic organizer on their own. Next week they will be creating a digital artifact of their learning...look for it on Seesaw!
This week in math we began our new unit on place value. Second graders worked hard in groups to count, bundle and group different objects. Students used their estimating skills, counting skills, and addition skills. Great teamwork!
For the past few weeks the second graders have been working on generating questions about different types of text and searching for the answers within text. As a final project the students selected a famous person they would enjoy learning more about. They had to generate questions about the person, record their answers on a graphic organizer, and finally create a poster to display the information they found. The final products turned out wonderful and everyone worked really hard!
In math this week it has been all about threes! The second graders began the week by helping me figure out how many circles we would need as a class if each student wanted to create a snow person with three circles. The first photos show the students solve that problem. Once we figured out we needed 66 snowballs each second grader decorated his/her own snow person to help us think about threes. I put the snow people up in a graph format and put a photo on the SMARTBoard. The next day students used the snow people to help me write equations to show a repeated addition and multiplication problem for each row of snow people. The second graders discussed with partners the patterns that they noticed. Finally, the second graders had to record observations about the number patterns they noticed. They also had to solve what would be in the 7th, 10th, and 20th rows. It was a great exercise that really challenged their thinking!