Wednesday, May 10 - Early Release
Wednesday, May 24 - Field trip - Pacific Northwest Ballet
Friday, May 26 - Field trip - Discovery Park
Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day - No School
We kicked off our PBL (project based learning) of whales! Already this week we had so much learning going on. Monday, we had Laurie from Whales Scouts come present about the resident orcas living in our very own Puget Sound. Tuesday we had a blubber experiment (students put their hands in icy water with and without "blubber", 2 plastic bags lined with Crisco) , and Thursday we had a baleen vs. toothed activity ("How do baleen and teeth work")! Our word wall is already filled of keywords we will need to be experts on the topic. More to come next week. Ask your student 2 words that they learned this week about whales.
We started a short unit this week of Mental Math. It is a review unit, a time for students to practice their addition and subtraction strategies in their heads. Playing games and repetition is a great way for students to get practice! On Thursday, I sent home one way to practice. It is called a "Pluzzle", a plus math question and a puzzle put together. Play with your child at home and see if they can stump you!
We continued our non-fiction writing review focusing on text features (specifically explaining with pictures) and conclusions. Today, we took our second grade checklist and evaluated our writing, looking at strengths and challenges, and making goals for the remainder of our non-fiction writing unit.
In our non-fiction book clubs, we looked at how non-fiction text features help us understand more about our non-fiction topic. Authors give a lot of cues and clues to what they want to teach us. Understanding what the text features are and how they work, increases what students can learn from a non-fiction book!
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||