This week we started our soil science unit. This is the first science unit in the Project-Based Learning second grade curriculum here at QAE. We began our investigation by asking what are scientists and what do they do? Here are some of the describing and action words students came up with:
Next, we asked what we already know about soil and what we would like to know about soil. It was one of the glorious moments in a students life where talking about poop is expected (worm poop)! Our students already had a solid base of knowledge about soil, and many questions they hope to answer. Examine their thoughts here:
Finally, on Friday, we dove in and explored living soil.
"I have a big worm!"
"Look! A rolly polly bug!"
Students literally got their hand dirty closely examining soil, noting whether their observations matched the predictions they made. Students found leaves, sticks, rocks, and bugs. Some students shrieked in delight, and some students just shrieked at the creatures their found plodding away in the soil. Next week we will continue our examination of soil by looking at its different components: sand, humus, and clay.
In other news, some people have been asking if there's anything we would love to have in the classroom. I have created a wishlist! On the list I have posted books and tools that would help our classroom thrive and create. Please let me know if you have any questions. Find the link here.
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||