Book Tasting

Today Second Grade at Conestoga Elementary had their first book tasting event!  Our room was transformed into a cafe complete with place-mats, table centerpieces, candles (flameless!), and . . . BOOKS!

Students learned how a Book Tasting Event took place with a short Powerpoint display and then had over 30 minutes of time to “sample” many books at their seating.  Students recorded the title, genre and a mini description of why they may or may not enjoy each book.  Last we sat and talked about our books over hot cocoa and cookies – cafe style.  Several students even signed the books out for the holiday break to read, read, read!

Enjoy our pictures of this AMAZING event!  Great job, second grade!




Long Ago and Today

We read a non-fiction piece in our Storytown anthology entitled At Play: Long Ago and Today which compares the ways people had fun long ago to today.  We have discussed and compared ways people played sports, read, played games, went to the park and even vacationed in the story.  We have found that while some activities have changed since long ago, many are still the same.  Today we took some time to play a few games which have been around for a long time . . . even since I was a kid!  (The kids felt that the games really must be old!)

Building Silent Reading Stamina

Second graders are building their reading stamina.  While we read each and every day, from time to time we stop to just read, read, read . . . and build how long we can just sit and read!  Our classroom is full of flexible reading chairs to help us get good and cozy with our favorite books!  Some students have gotten very creative with how they get cozy.  (Thanks, Pinterest!)



Games can make learning so much fun!  A little challenge and a little fun mixed into one makes learning meaningful, exciting and memorable!

 Here students are playing a vocabulary headbands game where they have to describe the word without using the word to the player wearing the headband/word.

Check our the colored numbers poster . . . Pink + yellow =???

Students had to practice their facts in a whole new way!  Adding the colors! They tossed a ball back and forth as they calculated!

More math movement . . . Human Calculator!  One student showed the fact card, another solved by standing on the floor calculator, and the third checked their work on a real calculator!

Vocabulary Mad Minute Sort!  Partners tried to sort the definitions and word in a sentence cards onto the vocabulary chart as fast as they could. Finishers jumped onto their chairs!  DONE!


Weaving Like the South West Native Americans

The final regions to learn about in our Native American studies was the Southwest region.  While all Native Americans were excellent weavers of baskets, the Southwest people were extraordinary weaving artists.  Second graders took their own hand at some simple paper weaving of a mat.  They learned the skill, a few tricks and much patience!

Native American Day

The day before Thanksgiving, second graders enjoyed an afternoon of Native American activities.  They made totem poles, dream catchers, “Indian Corn”, tribal masks, played lacrosse, and played trading games.

Many thanks to our parent helpers who make days like this possible!


Building Wigwams

During our study of the Native American regions across North America, students learned about the various lifestyles of each region which was modified by the climate.  In the North Eastern Woodlands, Native Americans lived in wigwams and longhouses.  We made our own wigwams much like the Native Americans made theirs.  We started with thick strips of paper bent like limbs from young trees like the Native Americans.  Then we ripped and rolled brown construction paper to resemble the bark the Native Americans used from trees.

Pumpkin Investigation

Students performed various mathematical measurements and scientific observations on their pumpkins.  They measured their height, weight, and circumference.  Students counted how many ribs their pumpkin had before cutting it open to sort and count all their pumpkin’s seeds by 10s.  Later students looked up what the real name of the pumpkins stem is called!