Fall Festival 2018 đź‘»

All that I can say is, WOW!  Thank You SO much for everything that everyone donated to the Fall Fest!  It would not have been as spectacular without the donations!

We listened to a live story that I wrote called Bony Ben.  The kiddos put their hand in a bag of Bony Ben’s brains (broccoli), heart (tomato), fingers (carrots), etc.  We had SO much fun!

In addition, we had Fall centers in the afternoon!  The centers were:

  1. Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Barb
  2. Story Time with Ms. Harpst
  3. Candy Corn investigation Science with Ms. Huber
  4. Activity Station
  5. Coloring Contest

We had so much fun!  Thank you again for all of your donations!

8:10 – 8:30 READ BOOK: SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN
8:30 – 9:15 WATCH MOVIE: SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

  • Teacher writes student names on rims of plates for later
9:30 – LUNCH
  • CAFETERIA FOR BONEY BEN LIVE STORY
  • READ BOOK: EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU A WITCH?
10:45 – 11:15 LUNCH
11:20-12:20 LIBRARY

  • TEACHER WILL SET UP FOR GROUPS
12:25 – 1:55

  • 15 MINUTES PER GROUP
  • 75 MINUTES /90 MINUTES LEAVING ABOUT 3 MINUTES TO TRANSITION
  • 5 STUDENTS PER GROUP
GROUPS 1:  — CIRCLE TABLE

  • SPOOKLEY COOKIE DECORATING WITH MRS. BARB

GROUP 2:  RUG

  • HALLOWEEN STORY TIME WITH MS. HARPST

GROUP 3:  TABLE 1

  • HALLOWEEN SCIENCE WITH MS. HUBER
  • CANDY CORN INVESTIGATION

GROUP 4:  TABLE 4

  • COLORING CONTEST

GROUP 5:   TABLE 5

  • FALL ACTIVITIES BOOKLET
2:00 – 2:30 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • TEACHER WILL CLEAN UP
  • TEACHER WILL POUR CIDER
2:30 – 3:20
  • EAT COOKIE & DRINK CIDER
  • JUDGE COLORING CONTEST
  • FINISH ACTIVITIES
  • CLEAN UP
  • PACK UP

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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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Fluency Practice through Readers Theater

Our current reading unit places a large emphasis on fluency!

Due to Spirit Week, we were a little ahead of the other 2 second grade classes so our class spent two days doing plays via Readers Theater to practice our fluency.

The groups were pretty mixed.  Some of the parts in each play were level M and other parts were level J or K.

The kids worked really hard and had a lot of fun (a lot of bickering, too).

The final products were amazing!

The image below shows this unit’s Teaching Points:

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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!

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!

 

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! 🙂