This week we did an experiment to test which materials are the best insulators. We wore different materials, aluminum foil, cloth socks, and styrofoam cups, on our hands, like mittens. We touched a warm water bottle and a cold water bottle with the different materials. We figured out that the styrofoam is the best insulator and the aluminum in a conductor.
This week in second grade we started a number of new learning units. In writing, we are working on information writing. We will be learning about how to organize writing into chapters by topics, how to use facts and keywords in our writing, and how to use diagrams to explain information too. We are also reading about nonfiction topics, learning how to use the text structure, like the table of context, graphic aids, key words and glossary to understand what we are reading. We are also practicing fluency by rereading paragraphs out loud. In math, we are starting a measurement unit. We are measuring items in the classroom in inches and soon, in centimeters. We are also finding the difference between the length of different objects. You could practice measuring items at home too!
Pablo, our class penguin, has a lot to say this week about our new science unit - matter. This week we have been learning about properties of solids. Pablo says, "This week was so awesome! The class pretended that we were stranded on a desert island. We had to make hats to protect ourselves from the sun. I even got my own hat, with help from my friend Landen! Our hats are made with materials that we could find washed up on shore from someone's lunch - a paper towel, aluminum foil, a paper plate, and a paper bag. The plate was useful because it has the property of being stiff, so it would stay on our heads without flopping over. The paper towel is absorbent, so it would soak up sweat. The aluminum is shiny so it could reflect sunlight and help us keep cool. We all can't wait to take our hats home!"
Pablo and the second graders have been learning a lot about writing narratives stories with a beginning, middle, and end. Pablo already talked about how he learned to include dialogue, or talking with quotation marks. This week Pablo observed, "The second graders are great at writing comparisons to describe details in their stories. I especially liked Quinn's comparison: 'My pumpkin was as white as a penguin's belly!' I can't wait to read all of final drafts of these great stories."
Pablo has already learned a lot of new information this week. Pablo says, "I really loved learning a new math game, Collect 25 Cents. I'm practicing how to count pennies and dimes. I know that a dime is ten cents and a penny is one cent." Pablo works hard in math!
In reading, Pablo is learning that ph makes the /f/ sound. He thought that was pretty crazy!
Writing is Pablo's favorite this week. He says, "I was so happy that Mrs. Leonard taught us about quotation marks. I've been wondering about those things for a long time! Now I know that quotation marks mean that someone is talking. They go at the beginning and the end of someone talking, and they are written near the top of the letters." Pablo really loved this pumpkin video we watched and performed to practice working with quotation marks. Check it out here.
Pablo, our penguin, and the second graders had a busy week! Here is what Pablo says he learned: "I learned about four coins - the penny, nickel, dime and quarter. I also learned how to divide open and closed syllables to help me read bigger words. I need to practice how to know if they are open and closed. I also heard how the students met fire fighters and learned about fire safety. I'm practicing my subtraction strategies and I'm getting better at subtracting back in parts. I also liked all of the parents coming to visit and talking to Mrs. Leonard!"
Pablo, our class penguin, says, "I really loved grandparent and special someone day. I liked the competition of building with spice drops and toothpicks. All of the teams used persistence and resilience. I learned a new game in PE today called line soccer. I also heard a funny story, Those Darn Squirrels!"
On Thursday, I learned that the "magic e" rule means that if there is an e at the end of a word with one consonant before it, it reaches over the consonant and makes the vowel before it says its name.
I also learned that you can use adding up for a subtraction strategy. For example: 8-6 = ? I could think 6 + 2 = 8 so 8-6 = 2.
And I learned that Mrs. Leonard's class has a lot of fun!
Pablo the penguin and his little pal Puffy are excited to start second grade today! They stay by the finished work basket and check the papers during the day, with the help of Pablo's Professor, a second grade assistant. Pablo's Professor will report what Pablo learned during the week on Pablo's Post. Keep checking this blog to read about Pablo's time in second grade!
Today Pablo said, "I learned a new math fact, 6+4 =10."
Ms. Leahey is a 2nd grade teacher at the fabulous James Morris School!