Today was our first Book Tasting Day of the year. Students in second grade enjoyed sampling books organized by featured artists: Laura Numeroff, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Cynthia Rylant, Mo Williems and Tedd Arnold. We have been talking about what a “Book Tasting” is for several weeks. Today students learned a little more about how this book tasting was organized. Then they had about 40 minutes to peruse the featured author tables and record their samplings in their Book Tasting Journal. Afterwards we enjoyed a hot cocoa and cookie treat – cafe style! Thanks to ALL of our parents for food, hot cocoa, plates, cups and cookies donations as well as our parent helpers who set up! Happy holidays!
Today students in second grade enjoyed many activities centered around peppermint. First we read a non-fiction article about peppermint and the history behind how the peppermint candies started. We completed a peppermint candy experiment where we tested how fast peppermints could be dissolved in water, 7Up and vinegar. We watched a short video on how candy canes are made, sorted fact and opinion statements regarding peppermint, and made peppermint candy patterns. Oh, and we enjoyed a few pieces of peppermint candies throughout the day.
We still need another batch of 24 cookies for next week’s Book Tasting Day or Book Cafe Day!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0449a8aa283-december
Students have been practicing place value through 1,000 for the past two weeks. Last week we got out the oldie but goodies! These are still two great ways to practice place value. Below we used a folded sentence strip to write a standard number that then turned into an expanded number! Also, below is a system of number stackers to build numbers in such a way that students may see the value of each digit!
We will be having our first book tasting this December 20th. A book tasting is when we take some time to read a small sample of new books. On December 20th, we will be sampling several authors books. Students will read just a small bit of each author or a “taste” and record what they like and do not like in a journal. Then we will relax and enjoy a small cookie and hot cocoa treat – cafe style!
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In our recent anthology selection, we read about how people played long ago and today. We discovered that many popular games today were actually introduced many years ago! We took some time this week to play those games with our classmates and learned that we love to play real board games!
As a celebration to the end of our Native American Day unit, second graders participated in 6 Native American themed stations. Thanks so much to all of our parent helpers!
Silent reading is one of our favorite times of the day. Students love to sit back relax with their favorite books in a quiet setting. In celebration of our silent reading stamina improvement, one Friday we added a bonus feature of lights out and we read by flashlight!
Instead of a boring old worksheet, students worked in partners once again to practice their math skills learned in the current chapter. Each basket contained a question much like what would be on a worksheet or test. Manipulatives were provided for students to use to complete the problem. After several problems, students checked in their work with the teacher for feedback on their progress. A fun way to practice math and move around!
From time to time we have little brain breaks from our daily hard work. In this Minute to Win It Challenge, students had to pick up KIX cereal with chopsticks and put each one into a small cup! So much fun! We had lots of laughs!