Tuesday, April 11, 2017


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.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Matter Hat

You might not know this, but your second grader has been stranded on a deserted island.  We are going to be taking on some "what if" tasks to support our learning about states of matter and their properties.

The first task was to design a hat from various house hold items that would protect them from the sun on the island.  Thinking about the properties of different materials, children had to tape together an arrangement of a hat.  It was so much fun that even 7th/8th grade Science Teacher, Mr. Stenstrom stopped by!  Here is a link for more pictures:

The Matter Hat

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

African Animal Slide Show

Here are the slide shows.  Please enjoy and notice the students' ability to collect facts and turn them into sentences, as well as the arrangement of each slide.

Benjamin's Crocodile Show

Braden's African Civet Show

James' Bush Baby Show

Mackenzie's Hedgehog Show

Jonah's Warthog Show

Camden's Flamingo Show

Tanner's Hyena Show

Riley's Warthog Show

Franklyn's Warthog Show

Harmony's Leopard Show

Molly's Jackal Show

Sawyer's Cheetah Show

Garret's Zebra Show

Vivian's Jackal Show

Sidney's Cheetah Show

Back yard Pictures and YES! The Africa Slide Shows are DONE!

Here is a fun collection of pictures.  First, we spent outdoor classroom last Friday doing a scavenger hunt.  It was a simple activity but fun to see the kids scramble around to search for simple items, like acorns, pine cones and 3 foot long sticks.  Some of us had a little time to make a nature design with our found items.

Here is the link to a couple more pictures:  Pictures from the woods.

ALSO, WE ARE DONE WITH OUR AFRICAN ANIMAL SLIDE SHOWS.  I am very pleased to have done this with them.  You will get a hard copy of them on Friday.  I am working on loading them to this site so that the kids can read them to you.  Here is a picture of our bulletin board:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Race car measurement

A couple of weeks ago now, we used race cars and ramps to think about measurement.  The job was to build ramps, measure them, and determine which ramp would make their car go the farthest.  Along with measurement, we learned about gravity and momentum during this experiment.
Here are a couple of moments from FARMS Kitchen.  We had a great time learning about African cuisine and becoming more expert at kitchen skills.  I was very impressed with their efforts, manners and sense of adventure in trying new food.

Chewonki Visit

We had the pleasure of a visit from the Chewonki Outreach Program.  We talked with our presenter about Vernal Pools.  If you don't know,...