Our Local Community, Learning and Growing Together
Late winter brings us to a time of transitions. We are looking towards warmer weather, and it seems that your children have grown so much in our time together. It is hard to believe that we are only about halfway through our time together, and yet we've grown so strong as a classroom community. Students wrapped up their study of Community Systems by completing a non-fiction book to share the many ways in which our North American Community System has changed over time. We ended the unit by comparing and contrasting Beaufort today and in the past. We learned that farming has been important to life in Beaufort and in our State. One crop which has historical significance is indigo. Students were able to watch as we dyed white cotton fabric a beautiful indigo blue color. Then, we sewed South Carolina symbols on pieces of our hand-dyed indigo. We were able to visit the Telfair Museum in Savannah. There we visited the Owens-Thomas House and slave quarters to help us understand that life was not always fair and equal for people in our country. Students shared individual family stories with each other as we continue to build appreciation of our diversity and understanding of the strength it brings to our community.
Whether the Weather...
Field Trip to WSAV
We are looking back and remembering our play form earlier this year, Whether the Weather, as we begin a new unit on Weather Systems. We were able to arrange a studio tour of the WSAV Television Station. Meteorologists Lee Haywood and Ariella Scalese were our guides and the authentic experience they shared with us certainly made our understandings stronger as we continue to explore the parts of the weather system and how they interact.
Mathematicians at Work and Play
Our math work focused on metric measurement. Students estimated and compared items in the classroom using meters and centimeters. We have now moved into a foundational study of multiplication and division by exploring equal groups. Second graders love this concept and understand it quickly as we search for arrays in objects we see around us each day, divide objects equally among friends like cards in a game and with story problems about cookies on plates. They laugh as we explore foundational concepts like remainders and how they compare to "being fair" in their everyday lives.
Groundhogs Day and Dyeing with Indigo
Writing Like Scientists
We've published informational writing pieces like "how to" essays and lab reports. We can't wait to share our latest writing with you. The children have grown so much in their ability to edit, revise and publish work! We have just begun our third writing unit, OPINION WRITING. We prepared our opinions on graphic organizers and gave an oral presentation in a debate form. Students did a wonderful job of public speaking to present viewpoints. Now we are practicing writing about books we have read. We are digging deep to examine characters, plot, setting, genre and theme. We look forward to sharing all our writing genres, drafts, and published pieces with you this spring during our second grade Author's Tea!