NOT AGAIN!?!?

They did it again!  WOW . . . what a group of AWESOME kiddos!  They all clipped off the chart!

Why, you ask?

Let us count the ways . . .

-hard work

-beautiful, colorful illustrations

-working quietly and respecting others in their reading group

-focused brains

-being kind to others

-following directions

Thanks for another amazing day!

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KWANZAA

Last week we learned about the December holiday of Kwanzaa which begins December 26th and runs until January 1st.

Students learned about how and why Kwanzaa was started. Then they learned about the 7 principles or guiding “rules” of Kwanzaa as well as symbols and customs of this non-religious holiday or celebration.

Students made a kinara (candle holder), mkeka (place-mat) and bendera (flag).  They also got a chance to make and taste a Kwanzaa treat – Benne cakes!  Benne cakes are basically cookies with a very special ingredient – sesame seeds.  Sesame seeds are thought to bring good luck.

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WHOLE CLASS CLIP UP!

Today was simply AMAZING!!!!!  And people say elementary kids don’t get much done the week before Christmas! HA – I say to them!

Your second graders did such an amazing job this morning and this afternoon!  This morning we worked on our final copies of our Holiday Traditions writing project DURING our guided reading groups.  They were not only getting their work done, it was SUPER quiet, their work was NEAT and the illustrations were GORGEOUS!  YEAH, second grade!  This was not an easy job.  Recopying a final piece takes much stamina and focus!

This afternoon they astounded me AGAIN!  They did their 3-digit addition with regrouping lesson today with pure ease!  They said it was “EASY!”  I said, “IT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE AWESOME!”

Sooooooo . . . I started clipping everyone up and, well, have a look for yourself!

The kids said I looked ridiculous! I just hope I remember to take these off before I leave school and head to the store!

 

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Quote of the Day: What is a VCR?

So the kids were talking about how they “would just die without their iPads”!  So I, of course, chime in with . . .”Well, when I was your age we didn’t even have them!”

You could have heard a pin drop!

From there, I added, “We didn’t have microwaves or VCRs when I was in 2nd grade!”

Addy asked, “What are VCRs?”

And that was the point I REALLY felt old!

They were stunned!  So I explained how they came before DVD players.

Imagine their astonishment when I finished with: “And we didn’t even have remote controls!  We actually had to get up off the couch and CHANGE the channel on the TV by turning the dial!”

One student asked, “How old ARE you?”

UGH!

Have a great night, everyone!

 

Hanukkah

This week we began our studies of holidays around the world or in other cultures.  We are focusing on symbols, customs and traditions in each holiday.

 

This week we learned about the holiday of Hanukkah.  We made the Star of David…

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We learned about the tradition of the menorah and we made a menorah.

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We played dreidel and got some gelt!

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We also read an old tale about latkes and applesauce . . . and then we enjoyed some too!

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Recess Running Club – 2nd Place!

Our class earned second place in recess Running Club Laps!  Our class and Mr. Schettler’s 6th grade class had a mighty competition going! We kept each other motivated with small yummy treats along the way.  Thanks to Miles for his wonderful cupcakes!

Here are some pictures of us enjoying those yummy treats…AND our trail mix treat for winning 2nd place!

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Pumpkin Investigation Day

After reading a book about pumpkins we had our very own Pumpkin Investigation Day.  Thanks to all the parents, both volunteers and pumpkin donators, for their help.  Each group received their own pumpkin.  Groups measured their pumpkin by height, circumference, and weight.  We counted the pumpkins’ ribs. We made predictions about how many seeds our pumpkin would have.  Then we cut it open, took out all the seeds and counted each and every seed and compared our results to our prediction.  For each step we recorded our findings on a class chart which we could use to compare all the pumpkins in the investigation.

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