Modeling Seed Dispersal

This week the children used everything they knew about animals and seeds to create a model to show how seed dispersal and pollination works. After researching, planning, and designing their models, they decided to invite the rest of Grade 2 to come and take a look.  It was such a powerful experience for them to share their work with their peers, receiving feedback that both made them proud and gave them ideas for improvement when making future models.  The kids used clay models, diagrams, and even some acting to show how their chosen animal disperses its seeds.  Look for their reflections on Seesaw!

            

To continue their investigation into how plants and animals are connected, the kids started researching about biodiversity within a habitat of their choice. This week they formed questions they had about their selected habitat, began locating sources for information, and taking jot notes. Next week, they will organize their information and begin to publish their habitat informational books. You will all be invited to celebrate their hard work at a publishing party…more information to come soon!

  

In Math, we began discussing equal groups, arrays, and repeated addition.  These are the precursors for understanding how multiplication and division work. Try going on an “array” hunt with your child! Arrays are everywhere!

Notes for Next Week:

  • Field Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 13 from 1-2:30.
  • Ask your child if you can help them along with their habitat research. Maybe you have some books at home or some websites that you can look at together.

We are researchers!

For the past 2 weeks, 2D students have been building their research skills.  They have been using their “researcher” skills to ask questions, find good sources, and record jot notes to save their learning. Many have been using their jot notes to write non fiction paragraphs during their writing time.  We have focused on the skills of organizing paragraphs (topic sentence, details, closing sentence), elaborating their work (adding various details and facts to lengthen and strengthen their writing), and enhancing their craft by using words that show they are experts in their topic area.

 

The kids have been growing their knowledge of what plants need to survive by conducting an experiment using 5 plants with various conditions. Some receive no sunlight, some no water, etc. They have been tracking their observations using notes, diagrams, and photos.  So far their hypothesis are correct…no sunlight and no water = certain death for plants!

We have also looked at how animals help with seed dispersal. Next week they will develop models to show how this works!

In math, we have just finished up a unit on data collection and graphing. Next week, we’ll begin playing with odd and even numbers and building arrays. Having a solid foundation in arrays and repeated addition is the foundations for learning multiplication and division in 3rd grade.

Dream Job Day!

Field Research! What do you notice about the plants around our building? What are you curious about?

 

 

What’s the Main Idea?

Our Weekly Learning

This week we started a new Unit of Inquiry (UOI).  Our central idea is “All living things are connected and need each other to survive.”

Students began inquiring into the topics and concepts of habitats, the importance of biodiversity, and energy transfer within an ecosystem.

Next week we will inquire into how plants get their energy and begin to look at how plants rely on animals to help them disperse their seeds.  We will take a field trip to Evergreen Park to get a closer look at how various living things interact with one another.

You can support your child at home by having discussions about various habitats and the life found within. Consider places you have visited during vacation. Have you explored ocean and beach habitats? Tropical rainforests? Mountains? etc. What type of plants or animals did you see there?

In reading, the children have been digging into non-fiction texts and were challenged to share what the main idea of their book or chapter is, and share some supporting details about the topic.  We are learning to share only the most important details when we summarize.

Kids took turns presenting what they had learned from the article presented in their guided reading group.

In writing, they are using their knowledge of main ideas and details to create paragraphs about a specific topic. They have chosen topics that they know all about or have learned all about in books they have chosen to read during their independent reading time.

In math, we have been exploring how to collect and share information using surveys and graphs. Last week we practiced reading and creating bar graphs. Next week we will look at pictographs. Talk to your child about real life situations where data is collected to help inform people.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is always a special holiday to celebrate in a classroom, but it was a real treat to celebrate with such a caring group of students!  Here are some pictures from our snack party.

Global Citizens!

This week during our assembly, Mr. Bywater presented awards to students who have demonstrated the traits of a global citizen. A global citizen is kind and caring to others and shows respect for their environment. Here are our winners!

Finishing up our UOI

What happens when you give 2nd Grade students the opportunity to choose how they want to share their learning? So many awesome things! Last week, the children chose an object, place, or lifestyle to share how it has changed over time. After some research into their topic, they were given the agency to choose how they wanted to share their learning. They created posters, paper books, ebooks, Keynote presentations, PicCollages, and Seesaw video blogs. Here is some of their work (check out Seesaw to see the rest!):

         

We’ve started off the new year learning some new skills. Here are some highlights of the learning we’re doing:

Math:  3-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping

Writing: Opinion Writing – supporting our opinions with reasons and examples

Reading: Summarizing fiction books (SWBST)

We’re looking forward to 3 Way Conferences next week (sign up sheets will be sent out on Wednesday afternoon) and the G2 Music Performance this Thursday morning!

International Week

International Week was a huge success in 2D! A great big thank you to all of the parents who came in to share cultural stories, crafts, and videos with the kids.  Another huge thank you to all of the parents who contributed to the G2 Potluck. What a tremendous feast! We also had a great field trip to Pizza Hut in Seaworld and a did a Thanksgiving Craft with our reading buddies. Here are some photos that highlight our week…

 

Reading The Gingerbread Man

Decorating Sugar Cookies

 

Making Korean Goblin Masks

The story of Chinese Dragons

How to make a wish with Japanese Daruma Dolls

How Chinese characters came to be

   

Pizza Hut field trip

Making hand turkeys with our reading buddies

 

International Week Parade

 

 

A Successful Assembly!

Wow! What a week! The children started their week by planning out what they wanted to share during their assembly. Next, they broke out into teams. They created their own scripts and decided what type of picture they wanted on their slide. Finally, they practiced, practiced, practiced until they had memorized what they wanted to say and knew how to present well together with their team.  The result? A super successful assembly!  2D rocked it!  They deserve a lot of praise for their hard work.

 

       

This week we also finished up our How the World Works Unit (Scientific Process). Soon you will see their completed lab reports on Seesaw. Creating them was a BIG task as they had to design and test their own experiment, revise & edit their reports, and finally re-write it all neatly and share it with an audience (you!) on Seesaw.  If your kids want to try out an experiment at home, please support them with this. They might be “experts” now. 😀

Next week will be International Week! More excitement to come!