February and March are naturally conducive to weather study due to more varied changes in weather patterns. Learners began our Weather Study by exploring climate and weather maps. The unit is organized into three subtopics--What Makes the Weather; Clouds: The Key to Weather Forecasting; and Extreme Weather. Over the course of the unit each student will create a two-sided, four-pocket Weather Folder to showcase learning. It will include science experiment procedures and results, daily weather observations and graphs, and creative representations of clouds. Students enjoyed experimenting to learn how the water cycle works and all about the properties of wind. We learned that the sun is the engine that runs this system. Our work in mathematics has focused on a study of arrays. Students love creating and analyzing these visual representations of equal groups in order to build foundational understanding of multiplication and division. As we head into late winter and early spring, our writing work has been centered on exploring opinion writing. Students debated topics orally in pairs, like "Dogs vs. Cats" and "School Lunch vs. Home Lunch". We are learning to share reasons and examples to support our opinions and now students are beginning to write about favorite books and characters. Our summative assessment of this unit will be to create a book report about a favorite book. We are gearing up for the Beaufort Twilight Run on March 18. Second graders had fun in a running club with Mrs. Brem at recess.
Arrays and Multiplication