This week we enjoyed two celebrations. First, our unity point party and second our Multi-cultural celebration. Students were introduced to traditions from around the world including Ramadan, Chanukah, Japanese New Year, Danish traditions and Kwanzaa. Students moved from station to station playing games, hearing stories, and tasting the delicacies from each culture. Enjoy photos from the celebrations below.
Snowman Glyph and Resolutions
Students created a glyph, a symbol with agreed upon symbols, of a snowman telling the rest of the classroom whether they enjoy playing outside or staying inside, hot cocoa over apple cider, or sleeping in or waking up early. After creating these glyphs, students examined each others' creations, uncovered the data, and created a graph of the information to share with the rest of the class. Students took these glyphs home. Ask your student to share with you the different symbols and results from the classroom.
This was an exciting week. We earned our first unity party, celebrated Hour of Code and created some focused non-fiction writing.
As a class, we earned 50 unity points since the beginning of the year. We gained unity points by working together to accomplish a task, completing a routine as self-directed learners (without prompting of a teacher or adult), or receiving a compliment from a teacher for exceptional behavior.
In honor of the hard work together, we will have a PJ, Stuffy, Cardboard Box Fortress Movie Event on Wednesday, December 16. That means students will be able to wear pajamas, bring a stuffy that fits in a backpack, and we will have a craft hour to make a cardboard box creation. If you have a cardboard box that your student can sit in, bring it in! I have a storage spot in the room. Anything we don't use will go to the recycling. We will watch Inside Out.
We have started our non-fiction writing units and already students have started their informational texts. This week we have looked at features of a non-fiction text, how to dissect a tricky word and the importance of keywords to talk the talk of experts. As we move through this unit of writing, students will work on structure, explaining ideas and using multiple resources to teach readers.
Hour of Code
On Tuesday. students worked on either Star Wars or Minecraft programs through Hour of Code that taught the importance of sequence and the basics of programming using characters and items that were familiar to students. Students and families can download the app for use at home. Enjoy some photos!
It has a been a busy week back from break. We have started many new learning endeavors! We finally received our handwriting notebooks! So, this week we had our first session of handwriting. The handwriting is called Zaner-Bloser and it covers both print and cursive in the same book. We will practice handwriting at least 2 times per week.
In math, we have been looking at place value for numbers up to 1,000. To gain understanding of place value, we have practiced skip counting by 10's and 100's within 1,000, playing games such as "10 more, 10 less" and starting to explore binary for some dessert math. If you would like to support your student at home, you can practice skip counting up and down within 1,000 by 10's and then 100's. Ask students what patterns they notice, and how many different ways can they say one number (ie. 650 - 6 hundreds and 5 tens or 65 tens).
Seattle Tilth and Mercer Slough
On Wednesday, we had a special visit from Seattle Tilth. Look forward to your student's kidblog on the thing that they most enjoyed about the presentation (hint: worm in sunglasses could be one of them).
Today, we went to Mercer Slough with Ms. Shaw's class. The weather gods were on our side! The sun was shining and the bugs were out. Students went on a guided nature walk where they got to touch soils (dry and sopping), ferns, and painted on mud warrior face paint. In the lab, students learned about different soil creators and observed them under microscopes and bug TV! Enjoy some photos of one group's nature walk and bug exploration.
Thanks to parents who were able to take time from their day to help out, both Wednesday and Friday. It's great to have you enjoy these opportunities!
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
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