Friday, March 31, 2017

April 2017

Thank you all for coming to our learning celebration. The children were delighted to share their 
non-fiction art, reading and writing with you.  There is nothing like an appreciative audience to make the learning rich and rewarding.

 The children are reading the poem, Way Up In The Arctic

A sampling of what was on display today:
  1. Expert Book - showcasing our personal knowledge about a topic
  2. Arctic Tri-Fold - showcasing our ability to gather research on an animal that lives in the Arctic as well as the people that make this region of the world their home.
  3. Arctic animal clay sculpture
  4. Story chain of an animal that migrates in order to survive
  5. Portfolio - children spent time during the week organizing their personal portfolio so that they could showcase their work in the best possible light.  

Future second graders came in to check things out.

We started to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  The children are loving the story and may ask to watch the movie.  Althought the movie is wonderful, one of my absolute favorites,  it is not for every second grader. If you plan to watch it, I ask you to hold off until we are done with the book.
Thank you!!!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017

Through generous PTO funding, Kat Gillies joined our second graders for Arctic animal sculptures. Kat is an expert at getting all of us into our artistic groove.  You will have a chance to see your child's amazing finished product when you come in on the 30th.

As you can see below, these leprechauns are hard at work.

The children are sharing their Arctic Tri-Fold research projects with each other.

We started our character reading unit this week. To get us into the zone small groups read the lovely Ted Hughes story, How Elephant Became. This story delves into the powerful question of what it means to know yourself.  We met Bombo, who finds that to 'become'  requires finding out who you really are and what you are good at doing.  Complicated work to be sure.

Listen to your children answer some of the critical thinking questions on Seesaw.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Chef Figgy

We’re having a recipe taste test!
This Wednesday in the cafeteria at lunch!

Chef Figgy’s Creamy Parmesan Polenta with Kidney Bean Ragu and Kale

You get to vote!

- Not Good - Good - Awesome! -
Your votes help decide if the recipe goes on the April Lunch Menu! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 3/6/17

Dr.Seuss, Reading and All School Meeting
What a great way to start the day at Y.E.S.

We read Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne. This book was a perfect compliment to our Arctic study.  We talked about the main characters and their distinct personalities.  Below are the Character Portraits of either Jack or Annie. 

We are finishing up our nonfiction reading unit. The children took a nonfiction reading assessment last week and a nonfiction writing assessment this week. Wow!!!

We are working hard on our Arctic animal research and trifold. You will see them on March 30th, they are looking great.