May 9 - Whale Tales - In-school speaker
May 11 - Field trip - Aquarium
May xx - Poetry celebration! (Date TBA)
May 17 - In-school whale speaker
May 20 - Field trip - Whale Watching
May 30 - Memorial Day - No School
What a whaley fun week! Students this week researched, sorted and mapped baleen and toothed whales, learned about echolocation and watched The Whale: The True Story of Luna, a documentary about a lost whale trying to find connections with humans in a community in the Canadian Puget Sound. Next week, we will look into pod behavior, captivity and watch Free Willy. Let me know if you would not like your child to watch the movie. I will find an alternative for them to discuss some of the issues in the movie.
Our guiding question, "How can we as compassionate and concerned global citizens help whales?" will lead us as we continue our investigation. For the final project, each student will create a written report about a whale of their choosing. After finishing the report, they will create, in some form, a presentation to share the information they gathered. We will display them at the PBL night on June 16th.
Reading - Students are in the midst of book clubs! Students have been avidly reading books and discussing with their group of 3 or 4. Students ask questions such as "Why did the author write this book?", "What do you predict?" and "How has the main character changed throughout the book?"
Math - Shapes and Fractions! This week, we reviewed shapes, shape names and fractions. Vocabulary words included numerator (part of a whole) and denominator (whole, number of parts or number in a group). Ask your student to share some of the knowledge. What is the fraction of cake eaten if I eat 3 of the 4 pieces?
Writing - Students had a mini celebration of their poetry, sharing with the class their favorite poem they wrote so far. Students have been working on line breaks, adding imagery, creating rhythm and taking big feelings from small moments.
I will be sending out another round of permission slip on Monday. It is the back side of the first permission slip. Look out for it!
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||