Friday, October 28, 2016

What Should I Be For Halloween??

Keeping with tradition in second grade, the students were asked to dress me in a Halloween costume. There were some interesting choices.  Three students decided that I should be a cat.  Take a look at some of the fun ideas...

This week our essential question was "How can animals survive?"  We read about desert animals and how they adapt in the hot temperatures.  One of the reading groups read about geese and how they migrate during the winter months.  We practiced finding the plot and making predictions.  Then at the end of the week, the students were given an assignment through google classroom (love our chromebooks) to research some polar bear facts.  

In math, we continued to learn different strategies to add.  The purpose of teaching many strategies is to help the students have options when adding.  That way the students can use whatever strategy works for them when solving a problem.  Envisions math program offers a great app that you can put on your phone/tablet. This app can aid in helping with your child's homework.  It will show you a video that was shown in class.  Information about the app and your child's username and password will be coming home today.

We are still learning about erosion in science.  This week we did an experiment to show how water erodes land.  We used eye droppers and drop water onto our "mountain".  The students began to observe cracks and holes in the land.  

In our next lesson, we learned about glaciers.  Then we did an experiement to show what happens when glaciers move.  Our "glacier" had some sediment that settled at the bottom and as it moved across the "land" sediment was left behind as well as cracks and rocks.

Don't forget to come to our annual Halloween parade on Monday at 1:45.  Hope to see you there!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wind Erosion

Second graders this week learned about weathering and erosion.  Ask them to sing a song to you that helps them remember.  Some types of erosion we learned about were wind and water.  To demonstrate how wind erosion works, we tried a fun experiment.

The students produced the wind by blowing on a "mountain" through a straw.  They began to notice cracks forming in the mountain and sediment falling to the ground.
Wind erosion starting

After wind erosion

How do families work together was our essential question this week.  We read several stories about how families work together by doing chores, trading household jobs, helping with the family business and choosing to buy something the family needs before something they want.  We worked on asking questions while reading and finding key details.

In math, we practiced different strategies to add two-digit numbers.  We used an open number line and jumped by 10's and we learned about the break apart strategy.  Learning different strategies is important because not everyone is comfortable with just one strategy.  Eventually the students will choose the one that works best for them.  

Please let me know if your child is struggling with any homework. Homework should not take anymore than 20 minutes to complete.  I do not want the students to be frustrated at home and then get discouraged about their learning.  

Today we had our second week of Footprints.  This program is sponsored by the Woodbury Heights Municipal Alliance,  The program uses puppets to tell stories about such things as bullying, conflict and drugs/alcohol.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Since we had a short week, we took a break from Wonders and did a research project on bats.  We started by reading the book, Stellaluna.  We then compared bats and birds using a Venn diagram.  Throughout the week, we read other books about bats and took notes.  The students used the information they gathered to write a research report.

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, we took a trip to the Woodbury Heights Firehouse.  We were greeted by several fire fighters.  We were shown and told all about the ambulance and the fire truck.  We would like to thank them for their service and for giving us the tour today.  

Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October is here!

This week we celebrated our first "Lunch with the Teacher."  Congrats to the September winners: the Erasers.  This month's groups look like this:

This week in reading, we read stories about caring for animals.  We read about how people help whales that are stranded on the beach.  We also read about a boy named Jack who takes care of his horse, Pepper.  We practiced writing reading responses and finding key details in the photos and captions.  

We finished up our first narrative story in writing. The students were each given a chance in our Writers Chair to share their story.  Next week, we will be having a "visitor" and writing letters to him.  
In math, we practiced finding even and odd numbers and learned about arrays.  We used repeated addition to solve problems with arrays.

To further explain landforms and how they are formed on the Earth, we did a fun experiment with graham crackers and cool whip.  The graham crackers represented the plates in the Earth and the cool whip the mantle.  We moved the crackers around to show what effects it has on the Earth.  Of course, as a special treat, we got to eat the leftovers. (Not the ones we used in our experiment.)

A mountain is formed on the crust

Have a nice holiday weekend.