Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arts Day

Friday was a fun, art filled day at Pond Cove.  Our workshops were paper mache collage animals with Nantz, yoga with Ms. Reaman, and mixed media collage with Ms. Anker. The kids did a great job of being respectful to the artists and to each other.  Everyone seemed to have a great time. The afternoon event was a magician.

We are entering the home stretch with regards to the school year.  That being said we have a lot of things to accomplish between now and June 22. We have started to learn about the Amazon rainforest.  Each child has selected an animal to research. The project involves reading about the animal from a variety of sources and using that information to write an All About Book to share with others.
We will be completing unit 8 in math this week and starting our last unit next week. The focus will be working with equal groups, (an introduction to fractions), reviewing money, and multi digit subtraction.
Reading workshop will focus on our rainforest research.  With the remaining time of the school year we will be reading and doing activities with Fairy Tales. Both units should capture the attention of second graders who are thinking about summer.
Everyone is writing poems about our trip to Ft. Williams.  The photos students took while on our history walk are being used to help generate ideas.
We are learning about plants and their life cycle in science. Everyone has several plants growing. Our last field trip of the year will be to Ft. Williams in June to plant flowers in the Children's Garden there.

Friday, April 14, 2017

April News

We have completed our science unit on Solids and Liquids. The students explored the properties of solids and liquids and did several experiments with these two types of matter.
One challenge was to make a plan and build the tallest tower they could using the solids provided. The next day they did the same challenge, trying to make it taller using the knowledge gained from the first try.

Another project was to explore properties of different solids and create a poster and teach their classmates about it.

The last experiment was "Will it Sink or Will it Float?" You will have to ask your child for more details as photos are not available.

When we come back after vacation we will begin our Poetry writing unit. In math we will begin unit 8, Geometry and Arrays.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful April vacation.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The End of the Week

Today in math we played games to reinforce place value and money. 

We also finished our Panda Projects and shared them on the Smart Board with the class.  Nice job everyone.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Classroom Update

Dr. Seuss Day. 
Crazy Hats and Favorite Dr. Seuss Books.

Writing Workshop
We are working on opinion writing. Everyone has been writing letters to express their opinion about books; the characters, funny parts, exciting parts.... Everyone is backing up their opinion by giving evidence from the text.  We spent Thursday during writing workshop reading our letters to each other. Starting tomorrow everyone will be writing nominations for books using the opinion format.

During Social Studies we have been learning about China.  Everyone has done research on pandas and is creating an informational book about pandas using the app Book Creator. I will share the projects at conference time with you.