On Wednesday we had a special presentation… ALL ABOUT PLANTS! Mrs. Raterink, a local farmer, came and spoke with us about seeds, plants and how farmers grow their crops. Children were able to touch different seeds and describe their properties.
We were even able to plant our own green bean seed and indian corn seed. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning what a seed needs to grow and the different functions of each plant part.
633 Million people in the world live without clean water. This isn’t just an inconvenience. Water is essential to life and access to clean water brings with it improved health, education, and prosperity. So, our mission is to make dirty water clean for the most vulnerable through long lasting and innovative technologies.
You can help make dirty water clean for the people who need it most by learning about the problem and then doing something about it. With as little as $20, 20 Liters can bring 10+years of clean water to a person living in Rwanda.
You can take action today by participating in your classroom fundraising drive. Beginning May 2-19, students can help by bringing in a donation to the classroom. In class we talked how they could bring spare change, return pop cans, or do extra chores!
You are also invited to a family event called Walk for Water on May 20 at 3:00pm at the 8th Street park in Hudsonville.
Here is a short video of Abraham, the boy who visited our class this week! https://vimeo.com/163397588
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We have started a unit of math that focuses on fractions, beginning multiplication, repeated addition/arrays, and measurement word problems…. EXCITING! Here is a snapshot of the most recent parent letter:
We are revisiting small moment (narrative) stories and focusing in on the main event. We can create a gripping story by adding dialogue, thoughts, feelings, action, and telling it bit by bit (in slow motion) to keep our readers on the edge of their seats! Today we worked on adding show not tell emotions into our stories. Our second grade writers really hooked us in!
Our readers began investigating the genre of fairy tales and the ingredients all fairy tales have, including: good/evil characters, once upon a time, happily ever after, magic, royalty and maybe even a lesson that was learned. Today we looked at a website called Speakaboos where children can read different genres of text including fairy tales. We will have an opportunity to review comprehension strategies, reading with expression (getting into character) and word decoding skills through our study. Looking forward to diving into this imaginative group of books!
This week our second graders had the opportunity to explore addition to 1,000…. WOW! They loved the idea that we were working with such high numbers.
Here is a copy of the parent letter that describes the two subtraction methods that our children are learning here at school (You may want to keep this handy for upcoming homework):
Informational text has been our focus over the last two weeks. We have learned to talk/think “A LOT” and read “A LITTLE”. Good non fiction readers also ask themselves questions, search out answers in other texts and share what they know. Each child is part of a book club where they are studying a topic together including gymnastics, Dr. Seuss, tornadoes, dogs, tigers, dolphins and the human body. They have been keeping track of their thinking and learning using the R.A.N. Strategy (Reading and Analyzing NonFiction).
Our second graders will be using various strategies including proof drawings, show all totals and new groups above/below to solve three digit equations. The children will experiment with the strategies and discover which strategy works best for them. Our main focus is on explaining the steps that we take to solve an equation. We are very excited for this new adventure :)!