Saturday, November 15, 2014

Data Collecting

It was data collecting week in room three and we had a lot of fun creating surveys, collecting data, and creating graphs to show our results. Mrs. Partyka's data collecting included tasting different kinds of popcorn. Our class liked cheese the best but we were surprised how many liked vanilla caramel too! It was a fun way to work with data collecting!

Learning About Owls

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We learned a lot about owls! We read many books and compared two different kinds of owls as part of our research. The best part was taking apart an owl pellet and sorting the bones. We were able to learn what the owl ate by matching the bones to a bone chart showing different animals owl eat.

Writing With Pictographs

We have been studying what life was like for the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. We learned that the Native Americans created stories using pictographs. We created our own using both words and pictures and put them on large pieces of paper. It was fun to take a museum walk and read all the stories our fellow classmates wrote.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween

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Reported By: Collin We had our Halloween parade and party. Kaden and I were the grand marshals of the parade. A police car led the parade past the post office and police station. After the parade we had our party. We had four stations that included the mystery chairs, spooky snacks, bag making, and spooky buckets. It was a great time!

Witch's Brew

We created a witch's brew in room three. It included bat wings, spooky ghosts, worms, and other Halloween treats. The students sorted the treat and completed many math problems using their brew. After their work was complete, they enjoyed the spooky snack.

Spooky Stories

The students enjoyed writing spooky stories. They peer edited and added more descriptive words and sound words. The class got to listen to all the stories by flashlight. It was a chilling time in room three.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Using Place Value

The students were challenged to take place value blocks that totaled 999 and divide them into four groups that would total 999. After, the students checked everyone's project to be sure their totals were 999.

Book Fair

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It is always fun to visit the Wayne Book Fair! This year the theme was fairy tales and outside of the library was a castle wall d├ęcor. The students enjoyed seeing what new books are out. Many were excited to see some of their favorite series have new titles to read.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Outdoor Fun!

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Our class earns points for outstanding teamwork. After collecting the total points needed, we enjoy a break that is voted on by the students. I was thrilled the students wanted to be together outside for our recent break. It was so wonderful to enjoy the outdoors while the weather is still warm. The girls were much more cooperative for pictures while the boys had a serious game of soccer or football going on and only allowed me to take action photos.

PBIS

Our school follows the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Systems) to promote good behavior in our school. Our year kicked off with a PBIS celebration where expected school behaviors were discussed by Dr. DeLaMar. Grace is sharing her ideas of how to be a WOW students at Wayne! Students are given WOW tickets when seen following Wayne's Way..."We are respectful, responsible, and resourceful." Our first prize opportunity was an extra recess if your WOW ticket was pulled.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Identifying Habitats

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The students investigated the ground around our school in search of habitats. They located many included spider webs, nests, a wasp nest, and many located under rocks and woodchips. Soon the students will be creating their own habitat and observing changes in living things.

Happy Reading!

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We have lots of opportunities to read in room 3. We might read by ourselves or with a buddy. We are always practicing our comprehension strategies or fluency.

Our First Week

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Check out photos from our first week together. It was exciting to make new friends and learn about some of our new learning adventures we will experience.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mystery Genre

We began learning about a new genre in class, mysteries. The students are learning how to take notes of the clues, suspects, and events to solve a crime or prank in our newest genre study. Many of the students have never read a mystery before. Some students are choosing new mystery titles to read on their own.

Amelia Bedelia Fashion Show

What would Amelia Bedelia think sunglasses are? Well, glasses with suns right on them! The students were very creative designing outfits that only Amelia Bedelia understands. Our event continued in our classroom for some refreshments because we know that is what Amelia Bedelia was best at...cooking!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

South Elgin HS Band!

We had a rockin' visit from the South Elgin High School band! The students were inspired by their performance and many are asking when they can take band. Lucky for our students they can start in fifth grade and have lessons at school!

Learning About Air

The students are learning about air and how the wind effects the weather by moving clouds and changing temperatures. They created a weather vane and observed how an anemometer works. They also played with bubbles to observe how the wind moved them and they could not control the direction that they blew in. Soon the students will take all they have learned to become meteorologists and report on the weather keeping a journal over two weeks. After the two weeks they will analyze the data to see how consistent or changing the weather was during that time.

Mystery Reader

We enjoyed a visit from Erik's dad who read us a variety of books included one about the Cubs! We enjoyed his expressions when he read which kept us laughing. One of our favorite second graders said he is a REALLY good reader! Thanks for being a mystery reader!

Our Wax Museum

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The second graders put together our first wax museum! They researched a famous history maker, put together a cereal box type report, dressed in costume, wrote a speech, and created a banner. The museum opened for parents to visit and got rave reviews!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Air Resistance

We are learning about air in science. Our experiments have helped us observe how air is a force, invisible, a gas, and is everywhere. Soon we will become meteorologists and learn how air effects weather.

Mystery Reader

We had a mystery reader who brought a book written by a class of second graders! We loved the book and our special visitor!

Our PowerPoint Presentation

The students completed research for their nonfiction report using a variety of resources. They completed their nonfiction books and also a PowerPoint which they shared with their classmates. Mrs. Partyka was very impressed with how quickly they learned to use many of the features in the software and put together an impressive presentation that taught us about all the animals researched.

Wayne Writers Fair

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Our favorite second graders had a chance to show off their fabulous writing at this year's writers fair. The books published at home and their animal nonfiction books were on display. The students also enjoyed visiting the Scholastic Book Fair and seeing all the new titles.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happy President's Day!

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The students wrote speeches on what character traits make them a good leader and what could they do to make Wayne School a better place. The students agreed that everyone did a really good job with their speeches. It was very difficult to vote one person for President For A Day.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day Party

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Thank you parents for another fabulous party! It was so fun watching the children deliver their valentines! We loved the games, crafts, and chocolate fountain treats.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Math Olympics

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We are very excited about the Olympics in room 3. We are learning a lot about where they are being held and the different winter events. We created Olympic hats and held a math Olympics. Watch our video to see what we had to do at the Math Olympics!

Snow Fun!

It has been a long winter with lots of cold and snow in Chicago. The students often don't get outside for recess because of the temperature. When they do go out, they have the BEST time. Mrs. Bolcum our lunch supervisor, took this picture of one group of happy second graders playing in the snow!

Creating RoLLerCOasteRs...

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After lots of experimenting with balancing, wheel and axel systems, and air resistance, the students were ready to use their knowledge to create the best runway system (rollercoaster) they could. It was exciting to watch the teamwork and creativity of each group in the process.

Mystery Reader

Thank you Mrs. Moyer for being a mystery reader! We loved the book "Lousy Rotten Stinkin Grapes" by Palatini. It was perfect as we have been learning about fables. We enjoyed the illustrations and loved joining in on the reading of the book. Thank you for visiting us!