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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Month in Review

Math

We wrapped up Geometry right before Spring Break and now …

… we’re starting to learn about money: coin identification, coin value, counting collections of coins.  When you go to the store, allow your child to count the collection of coins needed.  When your child says that they’re bored, dump out your purse and ask them to classify the coins, put them in order from greatest to least value and then count the coins.

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Science

Our chicks went back to Mr. Reimers farm before Spring Break!

Check out our video here:

We finished our science unit: All About Eggs

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We’re starting our science unit: How Living Things Grow & Change

Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley projects are due by the end of the school year!

Here’s our most recent Flat Stanley Project!

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READING

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This 2nd grader is so interested in the Titanic that he is synthesizing information from multiple leveled topic texts from our classroom library.  He is a young expert and he self-taught through reading!  Incredible! In Grade 2, we transition from learning how to read to reading to learn!

We are in our Fairy Tale Unit for mini-lessons and teaching points.

Even though we are in our Fair Tale unit, kiddos should still practice their non-fiction texts during reading workshop and for their reading responses at home.  

Students will be able to identify the elements of a Fairy Tale and compare and contrast different versions of the same fairy tale.

Word Study

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We still have our 3 differentiated word study groups.

We’re in the final haul.  The 2nd grade words are going to get a little less predictable so please continue to sort the words with your kiddo at home on T, W, Th.

Writing

We’re wrapping up our Poetry unit next week!

After that, we’re going to write fractured Fairy Tales and then we’ll wrap up the year by writing All About Research books!

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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Career Day 2017

How amazing do these kiddos look?!

Thank you for helping them choose an occupation today!

We went around the classroom and shared our occupation/career, what the expectations are, and what inspired us to choose it.

 

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Cosmetologist – Make-up artist

Interviewer

Karate Instructor

Peace – maker

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Physical Education Teacher

“Job Man”

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Optometrist – eye doctor

Orthopedic Surgeon – Bone Doctor

Immigration Lawyer

2nd Grade Teacher

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Journalist / Reporter

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Dental Nurse

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Business Man

Oncologist: Cancer Doctor

Oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Student

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Teacher

Lawyer

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Basketball Player

Veterinarian – Pet Doctor

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Profession Organizer

Veterinarian – Pet Doctor

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Tour Guide

CAREER DAY: OCCUPATION: ARCHITECT

I am a hobby-architect-lover so I taught the kiddos about the career!

Objective Students will be able to:

  • Students will learn about the architecture profession.
  • Students will discuss making goals and reaching them.
  • Students will be able to think critically about the buildings that surround them, consider form/function, and explain why/how circa and location play a role in the design of a building.
  • Students will design and make functional structures using a variety of materials.
Define the word architecture/architect:

  1. The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
  2. The style of a building with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
  3. Discuss local / National / World architecture with students via slideshow.  Talk about the form and function as well as the architectural elements/attributes of each. (10 min)
  4. Ask students the following critical questions to consider throughout the slideshow containing pictures of local and world architecture – both old and new:
    • What does a building’s design tell you about how it is used?
    • Which designs do you like? Which don’t you like? Why?
    • What time period, place, and culture do you think this building was designed in?
    • Notice the similarities between buildings. Do you think that any of these buildings were designed and/or built by the same person? Why do you think so?

We read 2 books: Iggy Peck Architect & Roberto the Insect Architect!

Here’s the link to the presentation that I did for the class regarding the occupation: architect.

https://gccs2.wordpress.com/other/career-day-architect/

So now, the kids became architects themselves!  They used play-dough and toothpicks to design and construct their own buildings with both form and function in mind!

 

2015 16 CLASS ELECTIONS

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!

 

Polar Express Train Ride

Students had so much fun today riding the Polar Express Train to the North Pole!

While on the bus ride to the Arcade & Attica Railroad, children observed the attributes of rural areas!  For a few of the students, it was their first time in a rural area!

Upon arriving, the conductor gave us our tickets which were later punched!  We boarded the train car and turned the seats to face each other!  Children enjoyed each other’s company while traveling in a historic train that was all decked out in Christmas decorations!  Children ate their lunches and before they knew it, they were in the North Pole!  We walked through Santa’s workshop and got to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause!  On the way home, we enjoyed cookies, cocoa, and Christmas carols!

WOODEN TRAIN PHOTOS

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PHOTOS WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUSE

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