SCIENCE MUSEUM 2017

Last week, 2nd graders visited the Buffalo Museum of Science.

We predicted, observed, and explained.  We thought critically as we explored all of the hands-on and informational portions of the museum.

Students were able to connect a lot of the exhibits to the science curriculum that we learned in 2nd grade.

Take a peek at our pictures from our adventurous (and exhausting) day!

There are several pictures of the 8 students that were in my group.  There were 2 other groups of 8 led by Mrs. Daniels and Mrs. Leaderstorf.  I’m waiting on more pictures from them.

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Keep on scrolling to see proof that we were exhausted after this great day of learning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring Bflo over Vaca

To share my architecture and history passion with my students, I invited families to meet me at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Museum on Presidents Day for 1/2 price admission and to City Hall the next day where we enjoyed a panoramic view of Buffalo while going in one of Buffalo’s most stunning buildings, City Hall!

Buffalo is unique by definition that it is not very vertical; however it is rather dense. Buffalo’s inception was officially between 1817 and 1825 with the completion of the Erie Canal (it was a village dating earlier back and part of Niagara County since Erie County was yet to be formed). Verticality was not popular until much after Buffalo’s inception, when steel production was on the rise and the elevator was invented (by a Buffalonian). The taller historic buildings that we do boast are very intricate and charming therefore our skyline is uniquely dotted!

It is important that we don’t continue to demolish historic buildings to put in parking lots. You can see in some of these picture that parking lots affect our density and make the city center less walkable. I walked from my house by Niagara and Porter today to City Hall. It was about a 25 minute walk of beauty, history, and architecture.

If you couldn’t make it today, wet can discuss meeting over spring break. The information that I provided above is just a glimpse of the knowledge that I can share with you!!

THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGUARTION MUSEUM AT THE WILCOX MANSION

I had so much fun learning with the kiddos that came to the Teddy Roosevelt Museum today! Thank you to their families for bringing them!

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CITY HALL

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Meet Ms. Huber at City Hall

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The students learned about architecture on career day because I taught them about the career: architect!  We also learned about urban areas at the beginning of the school year.

The kiddos were going wild over some of the beautiful architecture that Buffalo boasts.

To share my architecture passion with the kids, I invite you to meet me at City Hall over vacation where we’ll enjoy a panoramic view of Buffalo while going in one of Buffalo’s most stunning buildings, city hall!

I am going to show up on Tuesday no matter what, but if you feel like you’re going to come, send me an email!

Also, the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Museum at the Wilcox Mansion has half price admission on Monday.  If you are interested in going and would like me to meet you there, please email me the time slot that you booked through their website.

Here’s the link to buy tickets, but they’re going fast!

https://trsite.yapsody.com/event/index/59116/half-price-admission-day-2017

My email: dhuber@globalccs.org

THIS IS NOT A GCCS EVENT 

ALL STUDENTS MUST BE CHAPERONED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES!

Buffalo Museum of Science 2016

Check out out weather station videos (click the link under the picture):

We had so much fun at the museum of science yesterday!  The museum is so interactive and informative!  A lot of it is also designed for children from 2nd to 5th grade so the children were able to read much of the signage and directions independently.  I don’t think that a single child was bored for a single second!

Also, we saw our friend Ms. Kathy!  Ask your child who she is!  I’ve blogged about her before!

 

If you notice that your child is not in a lot of the pictures, it’s because they weren’t in my group during free time (time when we could roam and not be at a bubble station).  Ms. Mann took a bunch of pictures of the other 2 groups, so those pictures are coming soon! 🙂

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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!

CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO THAT WE MADE SHOWCASING THE ELECTIONS!

 

WEEK IN A GLANCE

MYSTERY READER

On Monday, we had our 3rd Mystery Reader of the year!  Ms. Nugent came in to read to the students!  The children loved the books that she chose and we were able to read 4 books in 45 minutes!  We can’t thank Ms. Nugent enough to come in and read to the kids!  It really sends the message that reading is a fundamental skill that will be used for a lifetime, not just in school when you’re a child.

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USDA

On Tuesday, the USDA came in to teach students about food safety and the importance of hand washing!  The children asked such great questions and they learned so much!  For example, you need to keep certain foods in the fridge and you should not eat them if they’ve been sitting on the counter all day or in a hot car (leftovers).  Foods need to be cooked to a certain temperature or they may be unsafe to eat.

Children also got a bacteria story book and coloring book to take home!

Here’s a website filled with great resources!  (Google “USDA for Kids”)

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MORNING MESSAGE – BUFFAfacts – Pierce Arrow Museum

Every morning, I write a morning message on the SMART Board.  It greets the children, it exposes them to friendly letter formats, it tells them what they need to do to get ready for the day, and I put a picture of Buffalo that I’ve taken and a caption is included so that kids can learn about their community.  The other day, I put a picture of a Bugatti car that I saw at the Pierce Arrow Museum.  The kids loved it.  I told them that they could go see it at the museum right here in Buffalo.  The museum is not far from Coca-Cola Field!

Morning Message

Some of the other facts that I’ve used in my Morning Message are about Tift Nature Preserve, Grover Cleveland High School (The Normal School), The Botanical Gardens, Forest Lawn Cemetery (13th President Millard Fillmore’s grave site), the oldest house in Buffalo, etc.  Check out my website: www.DedicatedtoBuffalo.com

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

I had to print report cards on Thursday which meant that students had their second substitute of the year.  Mrs. Fitzgerald reported that the students were wonderful.  Although she told me something that I already knew, it made me so proud!  You should be proud too!

SUPERMAN BEHAVIOR PUZZLE

Students have worked really hard this year to complete this magnetic floor puzzle!  When students received a good review from art, violin, physical education, or library OR when they received a compliment from a staff member in the hall, they’d get to pick a Superman puzzle piece from our Batman box.  Now that they’ve completed it, they get to celebrate their good behavior! They chose to have a cookies and milk party on Monday during Spirit Week.  While in their pajamas, they will get to watch a movie, and enjoy cookies and milk!

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SPIRIT WEEK

  • MONDAY: Pajama day, FREE Cotton Candy, Scavenger Hunt (and for us, movie and cookies & milk party)
  • TUESDAY: Turn Back the Clock Tuesday (dress from a different decade)
  • WEDNESDAY: Sports / Crazy Hat Day + Half day
  • THURSDAY: Color Day – Grade 2’s color is white
  • FRIDAY: Twins Day & Quiz Master Assembly

MATH UNIT:  Adding 2-digit numbers with regrouping

Students embarked on one of the most challenging math standards of 2nd grade this week!  They collaborated with their tablemates while using manipulatives to conceptually understand regrouping (same as carrying).  I am ecstatic as to how they are picking up on this skill so quickly!

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