Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Matter

Oh, what a busy day!!

Here's the run down:

1.  We are doing a lot of science these days.  Part of the second grade writing program involves science writing.  We are making regular entries in our science notebook about experiments that get us thinking about the properties and states of matter.  Today we used peas and toothpicks to mimic the molecular structure of matter.  I encouraged them to think about the structure of ice, but most of them represented houses, castles and lazers.  Here is a link to a handful of pics:Molecular Snacks

2.  We WILL finish this music box.  Our class is so fortunate to be a part of this start to finish building project.  Today students set up the frame and we're moving toward finishing the teeth of the project.  We also did some experiments on the side with sound and music.  You may already be aware that we made kazoos.  My apologies in advance.  I did not think they would work is well as they do.

3.  Today, Mrs. Welch invited us to have a little reading time outside in their court yard.  It was a nice break from our regular routine and Mrs. Welch, as well as the other 3rd grade teachers are starting to get to know your almost 3rd graders.  Reading with 3rd grade

Finally, many students were very interested in learning cursive.  They were all excited to learn basic strokes, and the letters c and a.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Comparing Solids

Comparing Solids by Shape

We are doing scientific writing on matter.  Many students are quite familiar with the states of matter as well as the properties, which means we can venture into physical and chemical changes.  Above is a slide show we created on Friday.  It is very simple but I wanted them to try their hand at digital drawing.  One student said that she felt like she was in kindergarten again.