Friday, April 28, 2017

Rules are Important!

This week in reading our essential question was "Why are rules important?"  We read about the different rules that a town may have.  We also read about how and why our founding fathers created the Constitution.  We practiced the "cause and effect" skill.

In math we started a measuring unit.  We practiced measuring in inches, feet and yards.  We had a "Measure Thon" on Friday.  We used a puff ball and had four events, Blow, Toss, Flick and Kick.

We finished up our persuasive writing unit this week.  The students wrote letters to various people about a change they wanted to see made either in our town or our school.  Some of the topics included fixing potholes in the road, adding playground equipment to the athletic fields and bringing toys and games to school.  One brave student actually wrote to me asking for no homework!!

We also started a new unit in science this week as well, Relationships in Habitats.  The students were put into groups and given a habitat to research.  They will be creating a model of their habitat followed by a slide show in the upcoming weeks.

We had another great assembly this week thanks to our Home and School Association.  This one was from a wildlife rescue reserve.  We met Crogan the crow and an owl and a scary one-eyed hawk.  We learned the difference between a raptor and a non-raptor.  
Stay cool this weekend!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I am so excited to let you know that our second graders have been chosen as one of the finalists in the UNLESS contest.  We were notified via email last night by the Philadelphia Zoo.  We are invited back to the zoo on May 11th where the winners of the contest will be announced.

We are so proud of our students and the hard work and effort they put into this contest.  This was a great experience not only for the students but for the teachers as well.  We feel like they are winners already.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Peep Challenges!

Since we wrapped up our unit of Properties of Matter in science, we decided to do some fun STEM challenges.  Keeping with the Easter holiday spirit, the challenges we did involved Peeps.  The first challenge was to create a raft that would keep the Peep dry for the longest amount of time. The students worked together in groups to perform the challenge.
The Challenge

This peep stayed dry pretty long

We had a casualty

This peep stayed the driest the longest.

The second peep challenge of the week was to create a car for the peep to travel on the furthest.  

This one's wings helped it to move the farthest.

Happy Easter and have a fun, safe spring break!!
Moving animated picture bunny hopping easter eggs basket

Friday, April 7, 2017

Our Heroes

This week in reading our question was " What do heroes do?"  We discussed what the word hero meant to us and who we call our heroes.  We read about Diana Golden, a skier with one leg, and Rudy Garcia-Tolson, an paralympic athlete.  We practiced summarizing stories and sequencing stories.  This was a skill that many of the students struggled with.  You can help at home by asking your child to summarize a book/story that they have read at home.  Make sure they tell about the story in sequential order and in their own words.

We are continuing to subtract in math.  We learned different strategies but the regrouping strategy seems to be the favorite.  Then we also practiced explaining in words how we solved the problem.

In science this week, we learned about reversible changes.  We melted down crayons in a crock pot and "reversed" them back into a heart crayon.  Then we took an assessment on the Properties of Matter.  Next week, we will be doing a fun STEM challenge with Peeps!  Stay tuned.