Halloween Day we enjoyed our Cardinal Literacy Parade. Before the parade began, each pirate shared with the crew the book character they dressed as and why the crew might enjoy reading that book. After the parade the crew enjoyed lollipops while learning about Halloween candy throughout history in our Scholastic magazine! We then dove into our STEAM day activities with another 2nd grade class!! The crew chose between building a bone bridge or designing the largest Haunted House featuring a spider on top! They had challenges they had to overcome in the building process, but they kept trying!!! Learning is SO MUCH FUN!!
The crew got to celebrate all their hard work earning money for our school at our Candy land Fund run!! They ran and ran and made me proud!! Thank you families for your support!!!!
This week we started letters to our pen pals!! Our partner class is led by Miss Anis who was my intern last year so many pirates already love her. She is teaching in Brooksville, FL to an awesome group of 2nd graders and we can’t wait to get to know them. Here are some cute pictures of our crew of writers!!
I love the cards the crew creates to share love with others. This month they made cards for local Firefighters and for the people in Panama City impacted by Hurricane Michael.
We have been working on 3 Act math challenges on Wednesdays so I’m including pictures from two different challenges! This is an authentic way for the crew to learn to persevere in problem solving. They spread out ALL over the room and get started. Here is an overview: Act 1– Students see a video, picture, or something that is a “Hook” and we write down what they notice and wonder. Act 2– Students get questions answered that help them get started on the day’s math challenge! They can choose to solve using any strategy they choose, but do have to show their thinking. Act 3- Students learn from each other as they share their thinking. They get to see the final answer to the challenge and are are GLUED to the screen for the final reveal. This is also when we celebrate their effort for persevering through a challenging problem!
Here are links to two different challenges that we’ve tried:
Look at all the FUN we have doing science experiments! I’m catching up from several in this blog post! The crew had to figure out what “Fred” the worm was sitting on & they LOVED making the layers of the earth’s crust with food! They also learned about the layers of earth and painted it! They loved figuring out what would sink and float from objects around the classroom and some SURPRISED them for sure! When we started learning about properties of matter it was time for an ice cube race to see who could melt their SOLID to a LIQUID the FASTEST! Then we spent time learning about GASES and why the raisins in our cup could dance!
Our Scientist of the week taught us about the breathing balloon! He mixed sodium bicarbonate (baking soda!) with vinegar and the balloon started to “breathe” and inflate! He explained why, but then the crew wanted to try the experiment again with adding water to the vinegar to see what would happen when the baking soda was added. The next balloon got BIGGER! Finally, they wanted to see what would happen when they added baking soda to water, they were not so impressed with the results, but they did a lot of thinking! Below are the pictures!! They had a blast learning together and asking lots of questions!!
This pirate wanted us to learn about the rainbow of colors that are on skittles candies! It was so fun to see the colors PLUS what was under the colors…we eat them so fast we had no idea!! He tried it first with water, then tried it again using vinegar. It was fun to watch to see if changing a variable made a difference! Our scientist even brought extras for the crew to try the experiment again at home.
Here is what it looked like right after he added the water! Almost!
Here it is finished!
Time to try it again and add the vinegar!
Done! Our scientist walks around and looks at everyone’s science journal!
Both of these pirates did math two different ways to figure out if we had enough skittles for everyone to take home two bags! The scientist lined up the skittles in pairs, the other pirate solved the problem on the TV! LOVED their problem solving!!