Animal Adaptations

We used  buildyourwildself to help us learn about structural adaptations in class.  Your student is more than welcome to continue using the website at home.

Mr. Thompson with structural animal adaptations.


We also had a Phobetron pithecium (Hag Moth) visit our classroom yesterday.  It dropped from the ceiling and landed on an unsuspecting student.  We carefully had it crawl on to a pen and then in to a seal container.  Where it promptly  changed to it’s pupa stage.  We will keep it in class to see the Hag Moth emerge!

Monkey Slug

**Never should students seek out caterpillars or any other insect to interact with.  Many insects, like the hag moth larvae (Monkey Slug), look interesting but might be harmful to the touch.  This is a good time to reiterate with this same sentiment at home. ***



A Busy Day in Second Grade

Today was another fast paced day in room B111.  We worked in our Poem Book’s, read “Henry and Mudge”, and continued our work with subtraction.
                          *”Henry and Mudge” is the assigned reading for tonight.

In science, our mealworms have arrived and are ready to teach us about animal life cycles!  The next lessons in science will cover plant and animal life cycles, scientific classification, adaptations, and habitats.  All the scientists are excited to observe, investigate, experiment, and learn together!


Plant Cells

Our second grade scientists made models of plant cells out of Play-Doh.  Their models had to contain chloroplasts, cell walls, cell membranes, a nucleus, mitochondrion, and a vacuole.  All of the scientists did an excellent job, and made some very colorful cells.    Our next task will be to scientifically classify living things!


Animal Cells and Organelles

Some of Martic’s young scientists were hard at work making animal cell models out of plastic bags (cell membrane), JELL-O (cytoplasm), Whoppers (nucleus), and jelly beans (mitochondria and vacuoles).  Check out their awesome work!

Observing like a Scientist!

Today, Second Grade worked on our scientific skills, focusing specifically on observation.  Students used hand lenses, their Science Journals, and their senses to identify a mystery object .  After careful examination, we concluded that the mystery mineral was actually Pop Rocks!

Pop Rocks Experiment