2N students have been working since returning from winter break to prepare all the elements they need for their class play performance. This Friday they worked together to present their play titled, Lulu, Lester and the Brontosaurus. The script was based on a book titled, Lulu and the Brontosaurus, written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Jane Smith. Students spent the time in the weeks leading up to their final performance, learning their lines and then learning how to deliver their lines in a larger open space and stage area. Their individual and collective goals were to speak slowly and use big voices so their audience could follow the play's storyline. They were also challenged to use facial expressions and gestures when they spoke or sang to help the audience understand how their character was feeling. When students were not rehearsing with the script, they were creating promotional posters, props and background scenery to help support their performance. Students should feel proud about all the great work they in preparing for and performing their 2nd grade class play!
This week second graders shared the reading of another grade level Core Work, The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin. Students shared in read-aloud experiences and then had an opportunity to reflect on the characters depicted in the story, their actions and the character standards they noted were being demonstrated. Themes of fairness, responsibility, respect, and confidence were woven throughout this story and were the impetus of many meaningful small group discussions. Students were asked to find evidence in the story to back up their responses. Some of the discussion topics and questions this text brought to the surface were: How does someone stay strong when so many people doubt them or are against them? How does someone demonstrate confidence? Second graders dug deep this past week to explore these important questions.
2M scholars shined on the Brookside stage this Friday as they performed their class play, Rose’s Garden. With a message about helping neighbors and coming together to give a community hope, 2M's play celebrated supporting strangers with acts of kindness. The play was based the story of Rose Kennedy and on the picture book of the same title by Peter H. Reynolds, one of our author visitors at this year’s book fair.
Students collaborated throughout every phase of the play process, from brainstorming ideas for what they'd like their play to sound like, to designing the scenery, posters, and programs. Before the winter break and for the past two weeks, 2M students were very busy learning lines, cues, song lyrics, and movements to bring their play to life, as well as learning acting skills that helped them convey their message to the audience. Although nervous for the performance, the students have supported each other throughout the entire process and were excited to stand together on stage. They have much to be proud of, and will always have the memory of their second grade play.
2nd grade mathematicians returned from winter break eager to reunite with classmates and also demonstrated they were ready to get back to work. In math, students are working on activities and learning games that help them apply place value concepts and measuring skills. One Everyday Math game introduced with week was Target! This multi-step game required students to work with a partner(s) to represent 1 and 2 digit numbers using Base-10 manipulatives. Second graders had to utilize "regrouping" to be able to exchange Base-10 manipulatives to add to their totals on their Target game mat. Later in the week students reviewed the book, How Big is a Foot that kicked off whole class discussions and activities regarding "standard" and "non-standard" units of measure.