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!



Matific allows your student to learn through hands on and discovery models.  It is engaging and a great resource for extra math practice.

Here is the website: Matific

You can use your child’s login information at home!  (It is found in their take home folders.)

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

Week 2 Reminders

It has been a great second week!

A few quick reminders:

Your child may have a healthy snack in the morning if you permit it.  Please remember that snacks to be eaten in class must have no peanuts, as we have a few friends with allergies.

Our first spelling test is tomorrow, Thursday August 31st!

There will be no homework on weekends except for readings of students’ choice.

No School on Friday, August 31st  and Monday, September 4th for Labor Day Vacation

A special thanks to Colton F. for continuing to make me feel at home in Martic.


Our class ended the day by celebrating Douglas Florian’s poem Watermelon , by enjoying the actual thing!


Teamwork and Persistence Through Spaghetti Towers

Yesterday, students were challenged to work in pairs to create a Spaghetti Tower.  Their goal was to build the tallest tower they could, that would hold a large campfire marshmallow for 10 seconds without toppling over.  However, they had constraints! Students were only allowed 3 feet of masking tape, a limited number of dry spaghetti noodles, and 30 minutes to complete their design. All of the second graders did a fabulous job, and every tower was able to hold the marshmallow for 10 seconds.

Great First Day!

We had a great first day in second grade.  We made banners about ourselves in reading, constructed spaghetti towers during math, and launched a film canister rocket for science.  Also, our class started using ClassDojo to encourage one another other to be bucket fillers!  Excited for Friday!

ClassDojo Monsters at Desks
ClassDojo Monsters hard at work!

Welcome to Second Grade!

I am thrilled to be teaching second grade at Martic!  We are all going to have a great year and accomplish wonderful things together.  Below is a link to my Second Grade Welcome Letter. I can’t wait to meet everyone .


Minions excited for school
They are excited for August 24th! I hope you are too!

-Mr. Thompson