Explore & More Visits 2nd Grade at GCCS

GCCS applied for and received a grant.  We used some of the grant money to have Explore & More Children’s Museum visit GCCS.  Explore & More brought artifacts, crafts, visuals, and hands-on materials for the children to learn about Germany and Japan.  Mrs. Savka did the same for her native country, Ukraine.  We had a great day learning as we “traveled around the world!”

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2nd Grade Elections ~ 2018

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STUDENTS WENT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL! THEY WROTE SPEECHES, DEVELOPED “VOTE FOR ME” POSTERS, HIRED CAMPAIGN MANAGERS, HANDED OUT FLIERS AND GOODIES, AND READ THEIR SPEECHES ALOUD TO THEIR FELLOW SECOND GRADERS! WE VOTED AND THE RESULTS WILL BE IN SOON! THE CLASSROOM WILL TURN INTO A COUNTRY (PRESIDENT & VP) WITH 3 STATES (3 GOVERNORS) AND 6 CITIES (6 MAYORS). THE ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE VERY IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND COULD BE IMPEACHED IF THEY DO NOT LIVE UP TO THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES!

We learned all about the roles and duties of mayors, governors, and presidents.  To make the content conceptual and to bring it to life, we went on the campaign trail!  Students wrote speeches and made campaign posters.  Students read their speeches aloud in the auditorium and the cafeteria.  Then we had a private election with official ballots.  We will tally the votes and we will form our class government!

Student tables will be in the following formation:

  • The Presidential Party (President and V.P.) in a group
  • There are 6 cities (4 students at a table makes a city) where each city has a mayor.
  • Every 2 cities (tables) makes a state where each state has a governor.

The elected government officials will have special duties around the room.  We had so much fun doing this!

Wonka Themed Valentines Day!

We read the chapter book as a read-a-loud in class each day with the intent on finishing it before Valentine’s Day!

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For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to have a party based on something educational.

We did activities all day based on the book!

We watched the original movie and then completed a venn-diagram comparing the book to the movie.

We brainstormed character traits for each main character via a graphic organizer on the SMART board.

 

I printed a packet containing coloring pages, bookmarks, crosswords, candy inventionResized_20180215_140635 form, and more … for fun… and something to do while passing out treats.

We also did science labs using Wonka candies and other other Valentine candies!  We followed the scientific method!  Wonka loved doing experiments to create new ideas for candy so we did some too!

LAB #1: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DROP CANDY CONVERSATION HEARTS INTO CARBONATED POP?

for further details: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sweet-science-dancing-conversation-hearts/

LAB #2: “THE M&MS HAVE THE SLOGAN OF MELTING IN YOUR MOUTH, BUT NOT IN YOUR HANDS. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GO IN YOUR MOUTH OR WATER?

Candy Science – Floating Letters

Delicious hands-on science that melts in your mouth, and dissolves in water.

M&Ms have the slogan of melting in your mouth, but not in your hands. You wanna know something cool? The special melting property is totally scientific. Certain parts of an M&M will dissolve in water, while others won’t. The results are an amazing phenomenon that we call Floating Letters.

  1. Fill a clear glass or bowl half-full with water.
  2. Drop a few M&M’s into the water.
  3. Allow the M&M’s to soak in the water for 10-20 minutes.
  4. As the M&Ms sit in the water, you will witness the colored dyes start to dissolve into the water. After a bit more time passes, you will see a translucent shell, along with the white “M” float to the surface of the water. Cool!”

for more info: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/floating-letters/

LAB #3:”GOBSTOPPER CANDIES ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR COLORS, BUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THEY WERE DISSOLVED IN WATER?

Hard candies are known for their bright colors, delicious tastes, and, well, having a ton of sugar. While having a handful of candy every once in a while is definitely a good thing, we like conducting experiments with them! We especially love Gobstoppers. They have layers of colors that, when they dissolve into water, do something very peculiar…

  1. Fill a petri dish with enough water to cover the bottom.
  2. Drop a Gobstopper of a different color along the edge of the petri dish. We would tell you to put them all in the corners, but the dish is round and doesn’t have corners. So you need to place the Gobstoppers at equal distances from from each other.
  3. Now watch the colors!”

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/gobstopper-science/

Dr. Seuss Week

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Held annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss Day is a holiday that celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – otherwise known by the pen name by which he authored children’s books: Dr. Seuss. During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all over the United States. In 1998, it started Read Across America and decided to hold it on the same day as Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

History of Dr. Seuss Day

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States. In 1921, he graduated from high school and enrolled at Dartmouth College. While there, he joined the humor magazine the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern and eventually became an editor-in-chief. After he was caught drinking, which was illegal during Prohibition, he was forced to resign from the magazine. However, he decided to keep working for it and instead used the pen name “Seuss.” When he graduated in 1925, he then entered Lincoln College, Oxford to work towards his Ph.D. in English Literature. While at Oxford, he met Helen Palmer a woman who would encourage him to pursue a career in art instead of becoming an English teacher.

During World War 2, Geisel would draw over 400 political cartoons for the New York daily newspaper called PM. These cartoons denounced Hitler and Mussolini and one of them depicted all Japanese Americans as latent traitors. His cartoons were also supportive of the way President Roosevelt managed the war and were especially critical of Congress. Eventually, he would go on to draw posters for the War Production Board and the Treasury Department and then would write films for the United State Army Air Forces.

After the war, he began to write children’s books from his home in La Jolla, California using the pen name Dr. Seuss. Some of the books during this time included If I Ran the Zoo, Horton Hears a Who, If I Ran the Circus , The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham. In 1954, Dr. Seuss wrote Cat in the Hat using 236 words that were deemed important for first-graders to learn after Life Magazine had reported that children weren’t reading as much because they found most of the children’s books boring.

From 1927 to 1990 he was very active, writing many beloved children’s books. On September 24th, 1991 he would die at the age of 87. However, his legacy would live on. In 2009, the Cat in the Hat sold over 450,000 copies; Green Eggs and Ham sold over 540,000 copies, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish sold over 400,000 copies. In 1997, the National Education Association wanted a day to celebrate reading and to encourage children to read all over the U.S., so the Read Across America Day was held on March 2nd, 1998. It was set to coincide with the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss Day Customs & Traditions

On Dr. Seuss Day it is customary to read a favorite book with your child. It could be one of Dr. Seuss’s books or it could be another children’s book author. The whole point of the day is to engage children in reading and to get them to read on a regular basis.

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/dr-seuss-day/

Our Dr. Seuss Guest: Mrs. Kreuder!

In our 2nd grade class, Mrs. Kresuder came in to read to us!  She also brought in amazing Dr. Seuss gift bags filled with different items encouraging literacy!

THANK YOU MRS. KREUDER!

CAREER DAY ~ 2018

WHAT A GREAT FUTURE!  THESE KIDS LOOK GREAT!  WE HAD BORDER PATROLMEN, SECRET SERVICE AGENTS, SPIES, SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS, TEACHERS, AND BUSINESS WOMEN!

*Some students chose not to be photographed

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Global Play Day 2018

We had SO much FUN today!  … I had SO much fun today!  Play Day was a nice “Spring Fever” break!

I wanted the Play Day to have structure and not just a free-for-all, so we had 4 stations.  We spent 25 minutes plus clean-up and transition time at each station.  We had 3 Middle School Volunteers help with each station.

Station 1: Toys from Home

Station 2: Guess Who / Connect 4

Station 3: Headbandz

Station 4: Art Creations

SPIRIT WEEK 2018

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Students made Oobleck from Dr. Seuss’s story Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Then they went to the Auditorium to listen to the book and watch the short video.

This activity was part of Spirit Week and was organized and run by the National Honor Society!

The day was Mismatch or Twins day!

Today is book character OR Superhero day!  I was the Grinch 😉

Here, on Sports Day, we are saying goodbye to our sweet friend and classmate Bethanie.

She is going to a new school.