We Learn from Others

We have spent a lot of time learning from others this week.  We went on a quick trip to 2D to see their models of pollination and seed dispersal this week. We learned a lot about models and reinforced our understanding of seed dispersal.

We have also had fun with our new math centers.  These are helping us to learn about some new topics arrays, even and odd numbers and skip counting.  We will be having an assessment on this next week.

A large portion of our week was spent researching for our student-initiated inquiry and for our research non-fiction books that we are getting ready to share with you!

 

Upcoming Events:

Field Day is Wednesday, March 13- 1:00-2:30 (RESCHEDULED)

Book Character Day Friday, March 22 – Dress as your favorite character from a book.

Learning Comes Alive Wednesday, March 20- 10:00-10:45 – parents invited to the classroom to see what we are learning

 

We are Reading To Learn

In recent conversations with your students, you may have heard that we are working on our research skills.

What does that mean for a second grader?

That means that we are reading grade level appropriate sources that can teach us about topics that we are interested in.  Students have learned how to take Jot Notes.  This is a strategy that helps students to Read, Cover, Remember, and Write down their understanding in their own words.

Right now students are working on a non-fiction book that is about a topic that they are an “expert” in.  They have chosen this topic and are working to put together a book with pictures, diagrams, captions, table of contents and a bibliography.

Where can you help your child to research?

SIS subscribes to a large number of child-friendly sources that you can use at home to get information.  If you click on the document below the sources and their login information are listed.  Students are familiar with this list and know how to use these sources.

online resources Early Primary Upper Primary sign pdf-2akrvf2

We have also been working on a project that helps us to inquire into things that interest students. We started by brainstorming student questions.  We then organized them into main ideas and created the large question that students are interested in learning more about.  They selected a question that they are most interested in and are going to model the answer to this question.

That means: They will be creating a role-play (acting it out), a diagram or diorama to show that they understand what the question is asking and the answer.  They will be presenting these answers to the other students so that everyone has learned the answers to our 2B questions.

We took a math quiz this week covering graphing.  This assessment was a bit confusing for our students based on the key on one of the pages.  We will be retaking this part of the quiz so that we can get a better understanding of what the students know about pictograms.  We have also noticed that many students need to work on their fact fluency.  Don’t be surprised if your child wants to practice this weekend we have started a new game called Around the World.

We have also started our plant experiment this week.  The standard from NGSS is that students will plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.  They have been collecting their data to represent their findings.

I know that this is a lot of information. I hope that you had a chance to read all of it the last thing I would like to ask is that you take some time to practice the vocabulary words that we have sent home.

 

Reflecting on Our Second Unit

Today marks the end of our second unit of second grade.  We finished up our final drafts of our lab reports and concluded our science experiments.  Did you know that you can stand on eggs?  Or that a McDonalds hamburger doesn’t change if you leave it sitting out for a week?  We also learned about watering plants… They don’t live if you water them with soap.

We enjoyed an excellent assembly done by 2D. We also celebrated our ESLR award winners this month; Rex, Ariel and Harshil.  Fantastic job being independent learners.

This unit the students also became much more familiar with some of the key concepts.  Function and Form and Reflection became daily words in our lives.  We have learned how to use them and how we see them in our daily lives.  We are getting ready for our new unit that starts next week.

This week we also celebrated Kindness day hosted by STUCO.  Thank you Romain for reminding us how important being kind is. 

Next week we will be celebrating international week.  If you have not volunteered and you would still like to please let me know. We are also looking for treats for Friday for our Potluck.

REMINDER: Today your child brought home a permission slip for our field trip next Thursday.  Please see it for more details.

 

 

Picture Day

Today is our annual picture day but also a Friday to finish up another busy week in 2B.  This week we used questions to test three part hypothesis.  We focused on writing a good hypothesis and conclusion to our lab reports.

In math we talked about a new word estimate or estimation.  We concluded that this is like a hypothesis in math which is a good guess using our schema. A big question that we estimated was about how many inches are in 5k.  We solved this problem using repeated addition.  Our estimate was 180,000 inches.  We did alright with that.  We learned more about measurement of length using rulers and and meter/yard sticks.

This week we introduced a new activity.  We started using Plickers.  These are QR codes to answer multiple choice questions.  This has been a fun activity for us all to practice and see what we know in all subjects.

We found that we put a lot of math on our seesaw so we are trying to balance that out with other subjects. One way is that students will each have a day to read to their seesaw. We have also started posting our lab reports that tell us what we are doing in science and in writing.

This week we also added a new math center.  This center teaches us how to code computer games.  The students explored using the code.org platform and Angry Bird characters.  This has been quite a hit in 2B.

Our Second Unit Well Underway

Good Morning 2B parents!

I hope you are all enjoying the day with your child or they are out having fun!  It is great weather to be out exploring the world around us and testing our hypotheses!

This unit we are inquiring into the central idea “The Scientific Process helps organize investigations.”  We have done some exciting experiments in class.  Students have been working on writing lab reports.  We have also looked at the states of matter.

We have also gotten an Alexa for our classroom.  She is helping us to stay on time, playing fun holiday music, answering our questions and telling us jokes.  Thank you to the wonderful parent that donated this to us!

Today is a Great Day – To Check Your Child’s Seesaw!

Good Saturday Morning,

Today would be a great day for you to check in with your child and look at their Seesaw account together!

  

Check out some of the things we did this week!  Students will benefit from talking to you about their work and you can be more involved in our classroom community!   Please post your feedback to your child’s work as well as discussing it!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Hello Second Grade!

Dear 2B Friends and Family,

Welcome to second grade! This year is going to be an exciting new adventure! Ms. March and I have been getting our classroom ready for school to start!

My name is Ms. Nelsen, I am from the United States (Nebraska). This is my first year at Shekou International School, for the past two years I have been teaching in a small town in Russia, before that I was in Chengdu for four years. In my free time I love to travel and go Kayaking!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you this year. Please look for communication through SeeSaw, and our classroom blog.

Sincerely, Ms. Nelsen