The Great Wall of China

In second grade we are learning about different walls around the world.  No unit would be complete without trip to The Great Wall of China.  It was difficult to get the kids to understand and envision how long this wall really is.  Below is a site that allows you to feel like you are walking on The Great Wall.

The Great Wall of China

What do you know about about The Great Wall of China?  What abstract and concrete ideas are related to the wall?


Can you describe or define a friendship in six words or less?  Can you give a clear picture of a special friend using such few words?  Here is an Animoto created by a 5th grader that does just that.

Challenge: Think of a special friendship you have and share that friendship with 6 or fewer words.  See the power of words!

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Questions…Lead to Powerful Thinking

This weekend I read a terrific article on the importance of questions in learning.  Click here to read the article.  As I read the article I reflected on the ways learning occurs in my classroom.  In looking more closely at the role questions play in teaching,  I started to wonder what questions my students have, what questions I have, what questions my friends have.  So, let’s share our questions. 

unanswered questions

I would love to hear from you.  What questions do you have?  You can list questions related to school, work, play, relationships, etc.

International Wall of Friendship

In second grade we are “flying” around the world to visit well known walls.  As we visit, we are investigating the abstract and concrete ideas associated with each wall.  Our first trip led us to The International Wall of Friendship in  Hobart, Tasmania.  This wall was built to celebrate the different people and cultures that make up Tasmania.  The second graders created symbols and similes to go with the abstract concept of friendship.  Enjoy!

Friendship Symbols











Concrete vs. Abstract

In second grade we are learning the difference between abstract and concrete ideas.  We started by looking at how these two concepts apply to the heart.  Click on the glog below to hear from the heart itself.  After listening to the Blabs, could you help us think of abstract and concrete ideas for WALLS?


The second grade GT students are curious about man-made structures.  We are especially interested in learning more about skyscrapers, towers, bridges, tunnels, dams, and walls.  We would love to hear what you know about one or more of these structures.  Do you know of some famous examples? The purpose of a particular structure? How they came to be?  Do you know of a structure with a faulty design?   Share with us!