Second graders are preparing for our third bridge building experiment. On Friday, each child created a bridge "set-up" sheet. Their bridge will need to span the 15 inches on their sheet. We can't wait to create our next bridges!
I am very proud of our second graders. Each child wrote the characteristics of good leaders. The boys and girls were invited to run for a seat in Stratton's Constitutional Convention (a group of students, teachers, and parents who will create a document of school rules). Interested students were asked to write the reasons they would make a good leader on this team. The children then presented their speeches to our class. They used their skills learned from our opinion writing to write very persuasive arguments. The class voted on one delegate to be part of the Convention. The children were kind, thoughtful and showed all aspects of Stratton PRIDE during this process.
Each class at Stratton created a poster sharing their ideas for school rules. Our delegate presented our poster during our last PRIDE assembly. The members of the Convention are currently reviewing each poster and are now working to create school rules. Many thanks to student R.P. for being a wonderful representative for our class. This has been an amazing process to be part of.
The children have been busy learning about a variety of bridges. The boys and girls have built three types of bridges; beam, deep beam and arch. The children used weights (bolts) to test the strength of the bridges they built. In addition, each child has written two lab reports. Their lab reports include; a question, a hypothesis, materials, procedures, results and a conclusion. For the students second experiment, they made a change to their first bridge. Each pair added four additional index cards. They tested to see if this would make their bridges stronger. Their work is very impressive!
The boys and girls read a variety of published science experiments. They used the "Stop & Jot" strategy when they found important information about the Procedures from the experiments they read about.
I spent the weekend in Washington DC at the ONE Campaign Power Summit with an amazing group of people working to end extreme poverty. I had some free time, and although I didn't make it inside the White House, I had fun taking in the view of the beautiful and historical area. (A local gift shop had some fun backdrops to take photos!)
I love staying connected between the classroom and the children's homes. I look forward to posting often this year! Feel free to leave comments!