2nd Grade Science Fun

Thanks for being patient with us getting forms in and having this updated. We’ve had so much fun in the beginning of our year, and this post will provide a glimpse of some of the science fun and learning we’ve enjoyed. Here on out, look for picture posts like this. The goal is to give you a view of the learning and fun we have throughout our year. Enjoy the pictures!

 

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Second graders enjoyed a full week with nice weather!  It’s also our final week of following our normal routines and structure.  Crazy to think about!  We’ll detail the important events in our next section, but students did wrap up our reading & writing curriculum this week.  We read On Meadowview Street and Seeds of Change.  The two stories, in completely different ways, highlight how people can make positive change to the world around them.  It’s been an important, recurring topic in the recent books we’ve read and studied.

Our math unit continues to move along.  We’ll continue this throughout next week, and will remain one of the only normal areas of our day as we work to finish our final, comprehensive unit.  Science was the big topic this week!  Students are working on forces of motion, and created a number of learning opportunities to  test ideas of motion with creative objectives.  Students created catapults and learned about gravity through a simulation involving paper roll tubes, tape, and the walls of our hallway!  Fun week in science!

The Final Weeks Ahead

We have just two weeks remaining.  Strange to say, and as a result, our time updating on our site is coming to an end.  We’re going to detail the important dates and events below.  Please mark on your calendar and we’ll be sure to update as the time comes.

Monday, May 7 – Second Grade Game day in afternoon.  Please feel free to have your second grader to bring a favorite game to play/share with others.  This is just like we did in the winter – please consider the game being sent in, as we don’t want anything valuable to be lost or damaged.

 

Tuesday, May 8 – Second graders may bring in a towel or blanket, and sunglasses.  We’re going to complete some reading activities outside, and thought it’d be nice to make a bigger deal about it!

Thursday, May 10 – The Canyon’s visit us for a presentation.  This is a great husband-wife author/illustrator combination that live in Columbus.  Thanks PTO!  More information will come on any opportunities for book purchasing and/or signing.

Friday, May 11 – Third Grade Day.  Nothing extra needed here, but be aware that second graders will be simulating what will await them after the summer as they begin third grade.  It’ll be an opportunity for them to meet the teachers and get an idea of the big changes!

Final Week –  Please try to have your second grader bring in a small container of bubbles with a wand.  We’ll be doing some science activities involving them, and it’s nice if everyone has some to begin with.

Monday, May 14 – We’ll be helping first graders and doing some things to help our first graders transition to what will be ahead of them in second grade.

Wednesday, May 16 – Field Day!  Always a special day.  Please plan to dress appropriately, have a dry change of clothes, and have your second grader prepare for fun!  We’ll also be having a special pizza lunch in each classroom.

Friday, May 18 – Final Day of School.

 

Important Dates

 

 

Tuesday, May 8 – BES Art Show

Thursday, May 10 – Author Visit (Canyons!) 

Monday, May 14 – 3rd Grade Wax Museum 

Tuesday, May 15 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, May 16 – Field Day

Friday, May 18 – Last Day of School

 

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

Second graders continued along with the units we began last week Monday through Wednesday.  The new units are going well, and students have also continued to work on our Earth Day theming.  All of this has mixed well with the way we ended our week . . .

 

The big memories from this week are in how we’ve ended our week.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Thursday for our trip to the zoo.  Thanks to all who helped make is such a special day in our year for second graders.  Please look at some of the shared pictures on a separate post.

Lastly, we end our week with our annual Walk A Thon event.  Thank you PTO for always putting on such a memorable day.  Your child will be coming home in their new shirt commemorating the event and year, and prizes are usually distributed the following week.

The Week Ahead

Next week offers a full week where our focus is on the curriculum, and moving all of our units along.  It’s hard to believe, but we’re nearing the end of this fun second grade ride.  Three full weeks remain, so in our remaining time, we love to mix in a lot of fun times to celebrate and enjoy each other.

We’ll detail some dates already decided, and then update as more is decided.  We’re just going to detail grade level items in the important dates, but know that there will be some classroom-specific events that you’ll need to be aware of in emails too.  We also are scheduling and finalizing a third grade transition day.  The second graders will actually go to third grade for a short time, spend time in each of the three home rooms they’ll all be in next year, meet the teachers, switch classes/rooms, and get to know some important things ahead of them.

 

Important Dates

 

Friday, April 27 – BES Walk A Thon

Friday, May 4 – Walk A Thon Celebration

Monday, May 7 – 2nd Grade Game Day

Tuesday, May 8 – BES Art Show

Thursday, May 10 – Author Visit (Canyons!) 

Monday, May 14 – 3rd Grade Wax Museum 

Tuesday, May 15 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, May 16 – Field Day

Friday, May 18 – Last Day of School

 

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We transitioned to new units all around this week in second grade.  Students began a new anchor text as we’ve moved to our final unit in reading & writing.  The book is titled 68 Ways to Save the Planet Before Bedtime, and it offers a list of tasks that can be connected to or attempted to be more proactive for our environment and life around us.  It’s paired up nicely with Earth Day and Arbor Day designations this week, so we’ve used our science time to connect with the book and being proactive to our planet.

We also began our final math unit.  It’s a long one that offers a comprehensive review, as well as building on problem solving and number sense.  Thus far, students have been reviewing addition and subtraction strategies, as well as reconnecting with some money work.

 

The Week Ahead

Our units will continue along next week as previously mentioned.  Students have three curriculum days to begin the week, Monday through Wednesday.  The big part of next week will be how second graders end the week!

Thursday is our field trip day.  Please know that we go regardless of weather, so please plan appropriately.  Students are to pack their lunch in a disposable bag with their name written on it.  Please do not send any money with your child to be used at the zoo.  We leave for the zoo promptly at announcements, so please have your child on time at school, and if you’re chaperoning with us, please arrive with your child with a packed lunch and something to hold a couple more lunches in.  Thank you so much – hopefully we’ll have great weather and a great day ahead!

Friday is our Walk A Thon at BES!  Please have money collected and returned by Friday (can be before if finished).  It’s always a fun day!  Second graders will be walking and enjoying the festivities early.  Please know that the plan is to spend time for the event outside, so again, please be sure your second grader dresses appropriately for whatever weather is brought our way!

 

Important Dates

 

Thursday, April 26 – Zoo Field Trip!

Friday, April 27 – BES Walk A Thon

 

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We’ve enjoyed an exciting, literacy-filled week here at BES!  Thanks to all who were able to make it to our annual Literacy Night.  The BOGO book fair has been going well all week long!

In class, students have wrapped up our focus on reading, learning, and writing about Johnny Appleseed.  Everyone worked hard on opinion writing, and we finished the unit with a true opinion writing PBA in that we didn’t go through the process, but just presented the prompt for a sample to grade.  They’ve improved so much from the beginning on such a task!

We transitioned immediately into our final end of unit assessment.  We will finish this up on Monday and be ready to move on to our final unit of our curriculum.  We won’t take another end of unit assessment – they’re very pleased about this!

Our math unit has also wrapped up this week.  It was a short one, but very productive in transitioning to some more complex math skills.  Look for results on all of this coming home soon.

 

The Week Ahead

We wrapped up units this week, so that means we begin new ones next week.  Our unit in reading and writing moves from pioneers/new ideas to people who made positive change in the world.  We’ll begin a book that is written as a fun challenge to second graders on how they can try to simply help to improve our planet.  It’s called 68 Ways to Save the Planet Before Bedtime.  

In math, we’ll move to our final unit that is a very large one that builds on what we’ve done, but also presents a great review of our year.  It’ll be worked on up until the end of our year!  We begin next week with reviews of problem solving, facts, and money.

We finish this current week with our Walk A Thon Kickoff!  It’s that time again.  Students will know the theme and events planned, and will be coming home with information and collection envelopes.  The event will be on Friday, April 27.  There will be plenty more updates and reminders!

 

Important Dates

 

Tuesday, April 17 – PTO Meeting from 7-8 PM

Friday, April 20 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast @ 9 AM

Thursday, April 26 – Zoo Field Trip!

Friday, April 27 – BES Walk A Thon

 

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

 

We hope everyone enjoyed the spring break week.  It’s nice to be back and begin our final push towards the end.  It’s hard to believe April is here and the summer is near, but we’re back to work!

We began all new units this week.  Our mornings have focused on texts about Johnny Appleseed.  We’ve read a number of different books where we work to learn about him, and separate facts about him from legend.  We also compare and contrast the information we receive from each.  It’s a good focus at this time of year, and as we use him as a point of discussion, we’ve gotten back into opinion writing.  In the past, we worked on teaching what an opinion is and provided a simple formula for writing a paragraph to express one.  Now we’re taking that foundation and teaching how to still be creative as a writer while still expressing and supporting an opinion.  It’s a challenge at first, but all are quickly improving with their paragraph formation.

In math, we’ve begun a new unit that has focused this week on defining and recognizing even and odd numbers.  It has led to solving problems where some early foundations of multiplication and division are necessary.  We continue to review work with time, money, problem solving, and other areas as we move forward.

Second graders have also been working on a STEM project where a challenge of creating a covered wagon (connecting to our pioneer work) with provided materials was presented.  The wagon is being constructed to hold a certain weight.  They’ve also now begun trying to create a raft that the wagon can be placed on to float on the surface of water.  It’s fun to see the creativitiy, cooperation, and execution of their designs and work!

The Week Ahead

We’ll continue along with our current units.  With regards to language arts, we’ll work to get into our next PBA by the end of next week.  It’s an opinion writing PBA, and will again go through the writing process, but it’ll be a short piece that we’ll be able to get to and complete next week.

 

Mrs. Cooper has planned an art project for second graders in April involving a tie-dye shirt project.  She´s asking for a plain white t-shirt in the correct size with name on the tag in Sharpie marker by Monday, April 16.  

Please know that next week has some big events here at BES!  First of all, it’s spring book fair!  The spring book fair is BOGO – so please pay attention to book fair times and when your child’s class is attending – it’s always a great deal!  We hope you can join us next Wednesday, April 11th for our annual Literacy Night. This year is a pet theme. We will have crafts, activities, and even a photo booth. The BOGO Scholastic Book Fair will be open as well. We will be collecting items for local animal shelters. Be sure to look for the flyer in today’s Friday Folder. 

Finally, next Friday kicks off our annual BES Walk A Thon!  It’s always a big event and a lot of fun.  We’ll kick it off here at school and send information home next Friday.

 

Important Dates

Week of April 9 (4/9 – 4/13) –  Spring BOGO Book Fair

Wednesday, April 11 (6-7:30) – Literacy Night

Friday, April 13 –  BES Walk A Thon Kickoff at School

Tuesday, April 17 – PTO Meeting from 7-8 PM

Friday, April 20 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast @ 9 AM

Thursday, April 26 – Zoo Field Trip!

Friday, April 27 – BES Walk A Thon

 

Have a great weekend!