Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 - last day of school in 2015

Hello everyone!
We had a fun busy day today.  We CARE visited our school today and they taught us about games from around the world that influenced the games we play today.  Mr. Snyder read us "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", then we returned to the gym for a We CARE workshop class! Then we had some time with our fifth grade buddies where we were able to show them our Fairy Tale projects.  In the afternoon, we enjoyed story time with Olive the Other, the watched her story.  The day ended with the final library time of 2015. Thanks for all of the thoughtful gifts and kind all of you I wish a lovely, relaxing time with your precious children.  Time is such a gift; the most wonderful gift of the season!  Enjoy some pictures of the day and have a wonderful time together!  See you next year!

Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11 Friday

Hi everyone!
Well, it's been a very busy few weeks, with much going on in the classroom and out.
We have a new, wonderful student in our class - Jesse, who joins us from Australia!!!

This has been a very busy few weeks here in second grade.  We also welcomed Abby Neville (Ms. Neville) to the class.  She is a student at the University of Portland who will be spending the next 4 months in our classroom in her final teaching internship before she graduates.

We began a small study of fairy tales to read, explore and evaluate fairy tales.  We have also been created some beautiful pieces of art to get us in the holiday spirit!

Locker art!
Paper Snowflakes!

We created the calendar markers for December!
Goldilocks was breaking and entering, so we created Wanted posters to help the bears!
The learners retold the story of Hansel and Gretal, then created the witch's candy house.

Today we shared the story of the Frog Prince, retold the story from the frog's point of view, and created origami frogs!
Together, we have been evaluating fairy tales for certain similar characteristics.
More fairy tales to come!  Thanks everyone - see you next week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What we are thankful for...

Today we talked about what we are thankful for.  Here are ideas from the your wonderful children:

"... for my teacher." Adina
"... for living in a happy family." Ashe
"... for my school and for my family" Ruby
"...for my life an food and water." Ryan
"... for my friends, family and my life." Zoe
"..for my good school and clean water." Matilda
"... for good friends in my class." Ana
"...I'm thankful for my school, family and friends." Natalie
"...for my two sisters and my mom." Sophia
"...for a good school and good friends." Tyler
"...for family, friends, food and water." Aven
"...for water my friends and a good house and teacher." Aiden
"...for the world, family, friends, and good food." Darby
"...for Tyler, Darby and all the friends in my class, my family and for having a really good life so far." Miles
"...for having a good doctor." Liam
"for my family, a good house, and a good teacher." Zach
"...for my friends." Luke
"...for family, good friends, and mother nature" Lucia
"..for my family, friends, and good school." Gabe
"...for family and not being lactose intolerant anymore." Kaiser
"...for family, friends, a good school and a good teacher." Brady
"..for home, family, and friends." Xander

We have so much to be thankful for.  Have a wonderful time this weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ant Learning Party! Many Pictures

Today was the wrap up to our learning more ideas about ants in the classroom, although I am sure more learning will continue now that your child is a budding ant scientist!  During the day we shared projects with 5th grade buddies, kindergarten, first, third, and fourth grade students!  Finally, parents and family had the chance to visit the room and learn more about ants.  Enjoy pictures from the day!  See you tomorrow...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday November 19

Hello again!

Yesterday the ant scientists completed a bit more research regarding the following question:  Why does the world need ants? (thanks Zach for being the first one to ask the question!)  First the students read and discussed the topic, then they presented to the class their idea.  While they presented, we created a visual flowchart to show and connect our ideas:

Today the student created posters to reflect their learning about the importance of ants.
The young mathematicians also had time fore partner games using adding and subtracting.

Finally, we had an all school assembly today where our class sang the "number songs" we have been learning during math.  These songs are a way to begin skip counting, the foundation of multiplication.  Ask your child to sing one to you!  Teacher Julie took pictures and videos - when she sends them, I'll get it posted on the blog!
Thanks for a great day - see you tomorrow!