With the weather getting colder/cooler, please send a jacket with your child for recess. Please also put your child’s name or initials in the jacket in case it gets lost.
In an effort to include more technology into the homework, there is a slight problem. For the QR Code homework activity, when you scan it you will be taken to Mrs. Moore’s Teacher Web to a page that has fun math activity links. The QR Code works perfectly and goes exactly where it should, however all but one of the links require Flash to play them. Flash is not supported in iPads or iPhones, so your child will be unable to play the activities. Please use a regular computer and go to this address in order to complete this activity. Many apologies for this oversight. Link to fun math games: http://bit.ly/1aRkO4o
In math, we are discussing how to collect and represent data. Today we worked on matching bar graphs with picture graphs and number charts. The groups had to synergize to match the charts and graphs and then take turns with the role of teacher and ask their groups questions about the graphs.
We also collected data from our class about our likes and favorites. The class broke out into groups and then had to organize the data that was on post-it’s and then create a bar graph to represent the data. The groups synergized well and tried to solve problems. Some groups realized that it was difficult when people did not answer the question specifically or gave answers that were unreasonable.
Butter. I bet you never thought butter could be so exciting, but when you bring it to class along with an investigation to find out what happens when heat energy is added to something….WOW! We first made observations of what the cube of butter looked like and made predictions if we thought it would change or not. The kids knew it would change but I don’t think they all expected to see what would happen. We had a cube of butter (about 1/4 cup) in a small tin with a lamp set up above it to act as our heat energy. We observed the butter in intervals of two 5 minutes lapses in time and then 10 and then 20. It was amazing watching the kids reactions and observations as we went along.
We even let the butter sit without any heat energy being added while we went to recess and some kids thought nothing had happened to it. They didn’t think anything did until we jiggled the pan and they saw that it had hardened. It looked like it was melted but it was actually hardening back up.
I can’t wait for them to see what we have planned for Friday and Monday!
This year we started something new in 2nd grade. Each child has a poetry notebook and each week we study a new poem and add it to our notebook. Today was our “digging deeper” lesson. I had the kids split up into groups of 4 and they had to act out and read The Postman that we had been studying this week. It was fun and some of the kids wished it were longer.
Here are some pictures of a couple of the groups.
Science was pretty fun today. Yesterday we studied different objects and the path they take when traveling down a ramp. Today we set up two ramps facing each other and observed what happened when we let two similar objects go down each ramp at the same time and the paths they take. In the beginning, the children synergized to let go of the objects and be across from each other, which is difficult. Each time the kids worked better and better together. We tested Hot Wheels (one would stop when they hit and the other would reverse and curve), ping pong balls (hit and turn away from each other) and poof balls (hit and turned opposite directions a tad). We also did marbles, cotton balls and foil balls. The foil balls kept zigzagging down the rams and missed each other all but one time.
It was a lot of fun investigating and watching the kids test and retest objects to see if the results stayed the same or changed. The only bad thing about today, was that I got so caught up in the excitement I didn’t take one picture. Sorry.
Posted by kmoore2 | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 12, 2013
It is kind of hard to think that we have been in school for 3 weeks already. It seems like the weeks and days are flying by!
We have been learning about digital citizenship and our friends from Mrs. Patteson’s class have come over to do the lessons with us. It is fun getting together and learning about how to be safe in this Digital Life.
If you have not sent in a framed family photo that we can put up in our room, it is never too late. Send one in whenever you have time. Even if you don’t have a frame, send it in. I have a place I can hang them up on. I personally like seeing the few that we have so far and seeing the families looking at me.
Here is the newsletter for this week. I will be returning homework boards tomorrow so you can start working on next week’s assignments if your kiddo needs to start this weekend.
Newsletter link: vol_4_sep_14