The week, the second grade classes were introduced one of our grade level core works, Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. In the story, the main character, Jeremy, really wants a pair of popular sneakers. With winter coming and new boots needing to be purchased, his grandmother reminds Jeremy that in their household, "There is no room for want, only need." When he purchases a pair of "those shoes" from a thrift shop with his own money, he has to squeeze his toes into the too-small shoes. However, even with his disappointment that the shoes do not fit and cannot be worn, he notices a friend in school needing a pair and he makes the decision to give him his pair. Moved by the kindness of the character, students engaged in meaningful conversations about that which we need and that which we want. Classes considered what is important in life and questioned certain items that may seem quite important, but in reality, are a bonus to our basic needs. They wrote letters to a character or the author which were sent to you as an artifact through Seesaw. The students engaged in further discussions to enhance their social and emotional intelligence as well as respond to questions in writing to develop their reading comprehension skills.
The 2Mc Players took to the stage today to perform their play, Those Darn Squirrels. In the story, the Fookwire Family loves only one thing: to paint birds that visit their bird feeders. Frustration ensues when the local squirrels get to the feeders to feast upon the seeds and berries that the Fookwires have left to attract the birds. To rid the feeders of “those darn squirrels,” the Fookwires set a trap to keep them away. As winter approaches, the birds fly south, leaving the family lonely and without the one activity that brings them joy. To make amends with the family, however, the squirrels join together in kindness to disguise themselves as birds for the Fookwires to paint.
2Mc students have worked hard to teach this message of kindness to each other and, finally, to their audience. They collaborated together as a team: painting the set, learning the script and music, and remembering where and how to move on stage. Although nervous for the performance, the students 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. A special thank-you to Mr. Paulson, Mrs. Fine, Ms. Weaver, Mr. Edwin, Ms. Gonzalez, and Mrs. Bates for helping 2Mc actors prepare. 2Mc would especially like to thank their parents who helped them rehearse at home and put their costumes together.
Second grade mathematicians returned from winter break eager to reunite with classmates and demonstrated that 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. We read the book, How Big is a Foot? which kicked off whole class discussions and activities regarding "standard" and "non-standard" units of measure. In this story, a king wants to give the queen the best birthday present ever - a bed. However, beds had yet to be invented. Her bed needed to be designed and built. How can they figure out what size the bed should be? Students learned about the need for a standard measurement tool. We used rulers to explore objects around the classroom and at home as second graders practiced measuring in feet, inches, and centimeters.
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. New math vocabulary words were introduced such as digit, standard form, expanded form, and place value. Base-10 blocks were used to help the students understand place value. Students learned the importance of when numbers are separated into individual places and the value that each place represents (ie. ones, tens, hundreds). New games such as Place Value Top it and Target were introduced and reinforced concepts learned throughout the week.