Hello! We have been busy in second grade getting ready for the end of the year, completing all of our required assessments, and learning everything we need to learn before moving onto third grade! This week, we have been working with introductory lessons to multiplication and division, focusing on equal groups. We already know that we use addition to put things together or make bigger numbers, and we use subtraction to take things away or make smaller numbers. This week we are learning that we can also use multiplication to quickly make bigger numbers and division to quickly make smaller numbers. Below are the videos we watched today to help us learn the basics of division — dividing our total number into equal groups. Happy Almost Summer!
Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. This week is Spirit Week at our school, and today is “Professional Day.” Students were encouraged to dress professionally, like a doctor, lawyer, nurse, etc. I decided think a little differently and dressed up as an entrepreneur / Founder and CEO of a tech startup company. I’ve been having a fantastic time explaining to my class that an entrepreneur is someone who solves problems in the world by starting a business. Also, since I’m dressed as a tech entrepreneur, we are learning about coding today! This morning, for an alternative Morning Meeting (after our usual reading from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up . . . hopefully our class will do a poetry project related to these readings soon!), we watched some videos about kid entrepreneurs and the importance of learning to code in today’s world! Check out the videos we watched below.
This week we will have our chapter 6 test in math, which focuses on 3-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping (“borrowing”)! Here is a fun video we watched today that gives us a nice trick to remember that “if the number on top is SMALLER than below, it’s time to go with the regrouping flow” when we are subtracting.
Last week for art, we created beautiful art trees, inspired by an image I found by a quick Google search. We used water color paint on construction paper to create our multi-colored backgrounds, added our cut trees after the water color dried, and finally added “snow” to our pictures using tempura paint. The students made trees shaped in whatever style they wanted, and some students even added icicles! This might be my favorite art that we have done so far this year! Find more of the art projects we are doing in second grade here: https://www.pinterest.com/saumirah/simple-second-grade-art/
Happy New Year! Welcome back to school!
Though we had a long, rainy day, we took some time to gain some inspiration from Kid President (see video below) and set goals for ourselves for 2017. Let’s make it a great year!
I love when we have (read: make) a little more time for art during the week! I feel like my students really enjoy the opportunity to use their brains in a different way, and I relish in opportunities to encourage my students to apply their skills and preferences to artistic endeavors. Last week, we took time over two days to create snorkeling self-portraits, inspired by this blog that I found over a year ago. I originally taught this project as part of a daily activity for a summer camp I directed at a private school.
We used face templates that I found from this awesome website and fish templates that I found from a quick Google image search. I believe using templates/cut-outs is really helpful, especially when doing this project within a limited time frame and with younger students. My second graders still need lots of guidance when it comes to arts and crafting, and I always do projects with them or circulate the room the entire time they’re working, so that I can be there to assist with cutting and gluing where it’s needed.
We happened to be reading about jelly fish in our curriculum this week and we wrote about what life would be like if we were sea creatures. Though not identical to our curriculum studies, it was great to tie in our art lesson to the ideas we were discussing for our academic studies last week. I think it’s also nice to throw a little summer into the midst of winter whenever possible!
Find more photos of this project on my Pinterest page, in Simple Second Grade Art and Simple Summer Arts and Crafts.
Hello! I have gotten behind on posting photos of our weekly arts and crafts activities, so I’m going to attempt to catch up some this morning. For fall, we focused more on quick and crafty projects than on detailed creations in the style of a particular artist. We created fall wreaths near the beginning of fall, “boo books” around Halloween, and colorful turkeys when we returned from fall break. Find photos of our Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts below. Thanks to Teachers Pay Teachers for these awesome, free downloads! Find more photos of art projects I’ve found online and done with my classes on my Pinterest page.
Happy Monday! This week in ELA, we are working with contractions! Below are some fun videos that we watched in class today to begin our ELA lesson.
Upon returning from our fall break, we began chapter 5 in Go Math! This chapter focuses on subtraction with regrouping. I was excited to introduce this educational song, with helpful rhymes in it, to our class yesterday!
Welcome back to school! I hope you enjoyed your fall break. Today we had some time to review sentence editing during our ELA block. Deciding where to add punctuation and capital letters when given two or three run-on sentences proved to be difficult for many scholars in our class. Below is a fun, short video I found to remind us what a complete sentence needs!