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!
Ms. Leahey is a 2nd grade teacher at the fabulous James Morris School!