Sunday, November 6, 2016

Learning About Owls

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We did a lot of research about owls. We read many books that taught us about their anatomy and why they are called birds of prey. We also learned about many different kinds of owls. In science we pulled apart owl pellets to learn what they eat by identifying the bones.

Halloween

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It was a beautiful day for a Halloween parade! Thank you parents for all the spooktacular treats!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Learning About Butterflies

Judy Seigler is a retired u46 teacher and member of the Wayne Garden Club. Her club worked with the 6th grade class when they were ready to dig the butterfly garden in the back of our school. Mrs. Seigler came to our school to tell us about the different plants that attract butterflies. We learned the names of many of the plants and identified them by using pictures of the flowers. We also learned how important butterflies are to nature. We are anxious to observe our butterfly garden again once spring comes.

Being An Entomologist!

In second grade we are entomologist or scientists who study insects. Out first learning adventure was creating a habitat for a mealworm. We observed its growth from a mealworm, pupa, and beetle. We also had ants. waxworms, and butterfly larvae in our room to watch the lifecycle and compare the changes.

Mr. Patterson The Beeman!

Mr. Patterson has many beehives that he maintains and collects their honey! He taught us about the life cycle, behaviors, and the job of a beekeeper. We were amazed observing the part of his beehive he brought with live bees in it! Mr. Patterson also had us sample honey and pretend we were swarming! It was a great field trip brought to us!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fun Friday

The students earned their first Fun Friday! Every day one student is the captain for the day. If the students have a great day they win for the day. On Friday we see if the students or teacher won for a great week of cooperative and kind behavior. Today the students enjoyed their first win and free time outside! It was a fun day in second grade!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Goodbye Summer Hello School

Summer was seriously a big splash of fun for me but I am ready to see my new favorite second graders! I've enjoyed researching new and creative ideas for the year and our room is just about ready! After many years of teaching I still get nervous and excited! There is no better job than teaching!

A Final Pic

It's hard to believe a new school year is about to begin. I began looking at my picture files and getting them ready for the new year when I saw this favorite one. It was a beautiful day for Field Day and a lot of fun! I wish my favorite third grade students a wonderful new school year!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wax Museum

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The students were learning about biographies. They chose a famous person they wanted to research. They had to write about their life in first person narrative so they could "become" that person for our wax museum. They created a museum display with a book, artifact, and covered cereal box with information about their character. When our museum opened visitors had to press and "on" button to make us come to life and share our story.

Channel 2 News!

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We had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the weather from a real meteorologist! Mary Kay Kleist came to our school to tell us how she became a meteorologist. We went outside to see the weather lab and be a part of a live broadcast.

Pajama Party

Who has the best students in the world? ME! We got to enjoy a fun day because we have been working so hard. The students voted for a pajama party with lots of board games. I learned a lot of new games and found some of my childhood favorites are favorites of my students! It was a great time in room 3!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Lights, Camera, Action

Our class has become so talented when performing our reader theater plays that we are able to practice and perform one in the same day! Our group in the pictures did a fractured fairy tale version of Kind Midas. In this play everything the queen touches turns to chocolate! The voices and expressions of our performers kept us giggling and engaged! BRAVO!

What Is Air?

Soon we will be meteorologists in room 3 but first we have a lot to learn about air. Through many experiments and observations we have learned that air is a powerful force that can move things. We saw how air can create air resistance and compresses with pressure. Although we cannot see air, we know it makes up wind and changes the weather.

Point of View

Our class gave two thumbs up to the book The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This story is told from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla whose home for 27 years is a glass cage in the center of a mall. We feel every emotion Ivan has as he describes his lonely life without other gorillas or the ability to roam outdoors. His courage to free a baby elephant brought to the mall is exciting. It was hard for us to stop reading every day.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

S.T.E.M.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! In our classroom we enjoy putting all of these into our learning! We have many opportunities to put our thinking into action and observe how and why things work. After learning about gravity and forces we designed roller coasters and competed against our classmates for the best creation. We tested and redesigned our rolling systems until we were confident we used the gravitational pull and slants in a way that made our marble travel the longest.

Writers Fair

We got to show off our writing at the writers fair. Our animal research book and our home writing project were on display. We are very proud of our books!

Sharing Our Research

We chose an animal that we would like to learn more about. We used many resources to learn what our animal looks like, how it behaves, what it eats, and their life cycle. We created an informational book about our animal and used many text features. We shared our learning with the class with a PowerPoint.

Book Fair

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Twice a year our school has a Scholastic Book Fair. The students are eager to see new titles in their favorite series and brand new characters. This year we fell in love with a dog named Ranger who travels back in time. We are grateful to our volunteers who bring the book fair to our school.

Who Will Be Our Class President?

We ran for class president. We had to write speeches to tell about our traits that would make us a great president. We created colorful campaign posters. It was a lot of fun! Our friend Vinny won and was president of the day!

Valentine's Day

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We had a fabulous time at our Valentine's Day party. Lots of thanks to our creative parents for wonderful treats and crafts.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Science

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We are learning the scientific method in class. The students are also learning how scientist think and create lab reports to share their findings. The students are learning about balance and motion. They are making hypothesis on how to create designs that create rotational motion this week and recording their findings.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from room 3! We started our first day back in the new year by creating goals for 2016! We created a booklet with our goals and celebrated the new year in our classroom.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Winter Break

I missed my favorite second graders during winter break but I really enjoyed our trip to Lake Havasu, Arizona. El Nino kept the temperatures a bit cooler but every day was sunny and 60! My favorite part was hiking in the mountains. I also tried my first Zumba class but wasn't as coordinated as the others... but it was a fun challenge. My husband and I did a bit of school work too. I made him shop with me for a variety of toy cars for our upcoming science experiments. My suitcase was a bit heavier (only 2 pounds under the weight limit).