Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tales All Around the World

We are learning about the 7 continents. Last week we learned about South America and this week Africa. Liara's mom was nice enough to bring in food from England and Japan. Haley also shared sea shells from Florida. Students are learning the importance of different cultures as well as the different landscapes and other geography around the world. The students had a blast tasting the seaweed bites and other fun treats! Thanks to Haley and Liara for sharing!!! :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Working Together

We have been doing a lot of group activities. Students are having to work together to research, write, and complete projects. This is a very important skill for 2nd grade and the students are rocking it out!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

From bridges to farming...

I am behind on updating! Here is a picture of the bridges the students built a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks to Mrs.Webb for helping out, they turned out great.

This week we started reading Charlotte's Web. Today we dressed as farmers to inspire the students and thanks to Mrs.Smith and Ms.Williams for putting up our awesome webs in the hallway! (Picture to come.)

 We have been working on reading numbers past 100 not only the number, but the number words, and expanded forms. I gave each student a card and they had to find their partner. They are getting really good at counting, writing, and recognizing numbers up to 1,000! Shout out to Mrs.Blankenship's students, you are awesome!!

They loved our field trip to see The Nutcracker. They were one of the best behaved groups and it was a great experience for all. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Building Bridges

I'm so excited because we started our new unit today! We are learning about "building bridges". Thanks to Mrs.Smith and Ms.Williams we were welcomed this morning by beautiful bridges leading into our classroom.
It was a construction zone and the students loved walking over the bridge to enter the classroom. As you can see, we all dressed as construction workers. In my class, we used inferencing to decide what was in my toolbox. I had the students write their guesses on sticky notes and then we got to open the toolbox and see all the tools.

The level and measuring tape were two of their favorite items. After we learned about the tools, I read a book about all the different types of bridges. Then the kids got to design their own bridge. It was a fun day and there's so much more to come so stay tuned!!! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Voting, Pies, and so much more!

We had a very busy week!! We started off our week with the students getting to vote in the Presidential election. I talked to students about the importance of voting and gave them information about both candidates.
President Obama won with over 500 votes!! This was an amazing experience for students. Thank you to the election team that set it up.
After all the election excitement, it was time for the math learning lab. Mr.Tash was here this week and all the k,1,2 teachers got to come into my classroom to watch my mathematicians at work! The students did great. Everyone was very impressed and I was one proud teacher. :) 
We have also been talking about author's purpose this week. To help us remember that author's persuade, inform, and entertain, we made "pies". The students had to find examples of each from books in the classroom. Then they got to decorate their pie and make it whatever "flavor" they pleased. They really loved this activity and I can see them grasping author's purpose in shared and small group reading. 
Next week we finish up our Wild West unit. Have a great weekend! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Back to the West we go!!

Today we started off the week learning about African American cowboys in the West. Of course, we all dressed in character. After talking to our own classes about the importance of the person we were portraying, we rotated classes so that all classes could learn about each person. 
We have been practicing using different voices for characters and reading plays. Last week Mrs.Overton came to visit dressed as the Princess from Princess and the Frog. A couple students got to read parts as she acted out. We love when Mrs.O comes to visit!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun in Fairy Tales

Today we started our Fairy Tale unit. We all got into character by dressing up as a character from one of our favorite stories. The students loved seeing all us of dressed up and it helped them connect to the stories. 
**Make sure to read the newsletter I sent home today! I updated our schedule and classroom routine. **
In math today, we we learning about greater than and less than. We even made a conjecture! One student said that if the number in the tens place is greater, than that number is always bigger.  In order to prove that it is always true, we worked out several problems.