We have been writing up a storm recently! In class we have written about our favorite "Quiet Place". We have designed a fictional pair of shoes/sneakers and we just started writing "Monster" stories. These essays have helped us to develop our descriptive writing skills (adding depth and specific details). The children meet with their learning buddies to provide feedback (compliments and suggestions).
Grade 2 students have become experts on 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have completed activities where the children have sorted shapes by given attributes such as; the number of sides or faces, number of angles, and shapes with right angles. In the photo below, the children are using a square tile to help them find shapes with right angles.
Our second graders have been reading "Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume. The children have been working in teams to create poster to help retell each chapter. After the students complete their posters, we have done "gallery walks" where the students view other groups' posters. I have been impressed with how they have worked cooperatively in their teams.
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We began our Geometry unit on Monday. We played a game on Tuesday called 'Find the Block'. Students worked in pairs to match a Geoblock to the face outlines on cards. This week the children will build small constructions with Geoblocks and then accurately draw what they built.
As part of our Solids and Liquids unit, we began a fun exploration of a variety of liquids on Monday. During this section of the unit we will learn:
Liquid is one common state of matter.
Liquids move freely in containers.
Liquids have many properties that help identify them.
Liquids take the shapes of their containers.
The surfaces of liquids are flat at level.
Liquids pour and flow.
The boys and girls created beautiful 'stained glass' leaves and they are on display in Stratton's conference room. We also read several fall poems and the children drew artistic visualizations.
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