2N students took to the Primary School stage this Friday to perform a story that came straight from their imaginations. Students started this play process by brainstorming human or animal characters they would feel comfortable bringing to life on stage. They then worked together in class to come up with a setting, a problem and a solution for their characters to solve. They crafted the dialogue for the show and even came up with the lyrics and pop-up movements for the Animals Rock song! These actors displayed great teamwork and poise while having a lots of fun throughout the play process. Bravo 2N!
To culminate our study of towns, 2nd grade students took their understanding of topics we explored in class and began to design towns of their own. Students spent the weeks prior to this project brainstorming the elements towns possess that help them thrive over time. Throughout the process students were eager to exchange ideas and share reasons why things should be included in their respective towns. Some of the basics included places to live, places to work, modes of transportation, and places of interest to visit. Classes considered a towns needs versus wants to carefully plan which services to include in their town. Students worked collaboratively utilizing tools like Lego bricks, blocks or poster paper and markers. Students were really proud of their planning and project work and will be documenting their group project work using screen casting technology tools.
What makes reading even more fun? Finding a series that you love and discussing it with your friends! Second graders are deepening their reading comprehension by joining together with others and talking about their series books. Students are noticing what books have in common, such as characters, settings, and patterns that occur across books in a series. Readers are learning how to grow "big ideas" together in their reading discussions and make predictions based on how the series tends to go. Did you know that the majority of adults who love to read for pleasure had a series that they enjoyed reading as children? With their series book discussions, second graders are well on their way to becoming lifelong readers.
This week, all three 2nd Grade classes have been excited to welcome our Upper School Interns to our classrooms! We welcome Alexis Yost (2B), Nicole Layne (2N), and Alex Stern (2S) to the Primary School. For the rest of the month, our three Upper School Interns will be working with 2nd grade teachers and students in the classrooms as part of their Senior Project. Our interns have been getting to know all of us and about what we do at the Primary School. Students have been helping our interns get to know what it is like to be part of the Primary School community. Interns have been learning about our daily schedules, our classes, and all of the ways in which we learn at the Primary School. 2nd graders have also been enjoying learning more about our interns and what it is like to be a student at the Upper School! This month, our interns will be stepping into the role of "teaching assistants" by working with students in small groups and helping to model the MKA Character Standards.
On Thursday of this week, 2nd grade students treated family, friends and the entire Primary School community to a performance of the Maypole dance. The students' dance was a wonderful display of teamwork! On Friday, the students enjoyed a live performance of Click, Clack, Moo! performed by the TheatreWorks Company at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. The show provided a great opportunity for students to note the confidence, public speaking skills and acting techniques people utilize when they perform and speak in front of an audience.
**The 2nd grade team would like to remind parents to sign up for a May 22nd, Conference time through the link to Signup Genius that was provided via email to you on Thursday afternoon.