Our theme this school year is based on the acronym SAIL and stands for Students and Staff Active in Learning. I can’t wait to set sail with my new class of 2nd graders this year. Pier 201 is almost ready to begin our voyage and I hope to meet each of you on Friday, August 7th at Meet & Greet!
Another thing that I am extra excited about is our class website. The following link will serve as our major source of communication throughout the year. This site, in addition to this blog, will keep us all informed as we SAIL through 2nd grade together!
Ms. McFate, our fabulous intern, had an observation by her UNF professor today and the students benefited from another amazing lesson. Over the past several weeks, our read-alouds have focused around strong and interesting characters. Students have been learning about how characters drive the stories we read, how characters change throughout stories, and how to analyze character traits based on their actions thoughts and feelings.
For today’s lesson, Ms. McFate chose 5 of our classroom favorite books that we have read recently. If you have a chance to read these books with your children, I highly recommend each of them! They are filled with funny, silly, sad and very unique characters and plots. The book titles are: The Great Fuzz Frenzy, Memoirs of a Goldfish, Officer Buckle and Gloria, Hooway for Wodney Wat, and Hurty Feelings.
The Great Fuzz Frenzy
Memoirs of a Goldfish
Officer Buckle and Gloria
Hooway for Wodney Wat
Students were given 3 objects from each story to serve as reminders of important parts of the story. Then, they had to answer questions about the characters on chart paper. After 3 minutes, students rotated to a different table and kept rotating until they had visited each story table. They answered questions thoughtfully and had a blast discussing each story again.
Our class has been studying all things America over the past month.
U.S. Symbols: Part of our learning has focused on symbols that are important parts of our country’s history. Partners worked to research these symbols and created posters to share their learning with others.
Timelines and Biographies: Once students chose a Famous American to research, they just couldn’t get enough. I can’t believe all the books they have read, websites they have visited, and research they have done in the hunt to learn EVERYTHING about what made the person they studied so important to American history and to the world. As part of their research, students learned the craft of writing biographies. Students also created individual timelines and then we worked hard to put our Famous Americans into a historical timeline.
American Characters: During reading, we have been learning about how important characters are. One thing we have focused on is being able to infer a character’s traits by their actions, thoughts and feelings.
Students were able to infer the character traits of their Famous Americans after reading biographies. The silhouettes they created are surrounded by words that describe their Famous American. We noticed that so many could be described as brave, pioneers, curious, innovative, honest, and smart.
Here in Room 306, we are having a blast immersing in our Life Science unit on habitats. We have been learning about where plants and animals live, how they survive, and how they depend on each other within the habitat.
As part of our classroom lessons, we have been learning about the food chain and adaptations animals have that help them survive within their habitats.
Today, we braved the chilly weather to act out the food chain. Students were given different size Ziploc baggies to represent mice, snakes, or hawks. Food (cereal) was spread out on the ground and the mice were given some time to “eat” and gather the food in their baggies. After a minute or so, the snakes were sent in and could “eat” a mouse by tagging them. If they were able to tag a mouse, the mouse had to give up their bag of food and the snake put it inside their own. The snakes were only safe for a minute or two before we sent the hawks in to eat.
At the end of our activity, we returned to the warmth of the classroom to discuss what we noticed and learned about the food chain. Students did a great job discussing how they noticed some “survival” techniques as the prey tried to escape the predator.