Symmetry!

Math was a blast this week! We started our geometry unit by learning about symmetry. We learned 2D shapes that can be folded on an imaginary line and look exactly the same on both sides have symmetry. To practice symmetry, we did a math hunt around our classroom to see how many symmetrical items we could find, and we created symmetrical shapes out of clay. We also created symmetrical portraits of Pastor Brian Davis (our children’s pastor), Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Rhodes, and Mrs. Hartung. We were given a paper that only had half of their portrait on it, and our job was to complete their portrait symmetrically the best we could. Here are a few of our symmetrical portraits below.

We also created “Symme-Trees” to help us learn symmetry. In this activity we drew a large tree on a long sheet of white paper. Then we had to color and cut out shapes to add to our tree. If our shapes were symmetrical, we placed them in our tree. If our shapes did not have symmetry, we placed them off our tree. Below are some “symme-trees” we created.

While learning about symmetry this week, we were able to make a connection to our literacy book The Josefina Story Quilt. We noticed that quilts are made out of patches, and sometimes those patches are or can have symmetrical shapes. Another thing we noticed is that quilts are created by using 2D shapes! We can’t wait to learn more about 2D and 3D shapes next week to see what other connections we can make!

Weekly Highlights from the Kindness Fruit Stand

Genesis 6:9 says “…Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”

We learned about Noah and the flood this week in Mystery of History and Bible. Through our lessons we saw that there was much more to this story than a flood and rainbow. In groups we used our Bibles to read the exact accounts of this story, and through this we were amazed at what we found!
Some things that stood out to us were:

God chose Noah because Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah was 600 years old!

God told Noah to build an ark  because he was sending a flood to cleanse the world He created.

Noah obeyed God and did just as he asked.

There were only 8 people on the ark; Noah, his wife, their 3 sons, and their sons wives.

Noah only took 2 of each kind of land animal on the ark with them.

God closed the door to the ark.

When the rain started, it lasted 40 days and 40 nights.

The waters rose so high that it covered mountains!

It took a very long time for the waters to subside.

When Noah left the ark he built an altar to the Lord.

We started conducting our math rotations this week. Our math rotations are: independent math, buddy math, kindle math, and work with the teacher. During our buddy math centers this week we worked on doubles, ordinal numbers, place value, fact families, even and odd numbers, and time to the hour. These are all skills we have previously learned. The purpose for these centers are to help us build on our prior knowledge and review these skills.

Check out the pictures below to see what else happened in our classroom this week. These pictures show us recognizing our local law enforcement officers, illustrating our cityscapes in art, and exploring harps and guitars in music!

This Week in the Kindness Fruit Stand

This week was short, but full of learning! Our brains grew so much from all the new knowledge we learned.

We started the week of by reviewing place value. To help us review place value and the different forms associated with place value we played Place Value Jeopardy! This was such a fun way to finish out our place value unit, but it was tricky too! You must state your answer in the form of a question…if you didn’t, the other team got to try and answer the same question.  It took us a few turns to get the hang of this. On Thursday, we were introduced to rounding. This, too, was tricky at first, but we learned an awesome song to help us better understand rounding. It’s getting easier and easier everyday! Below are our steps for the rounding process.

In Mystery of History we learned about Jubal and Tubal-Cain. Jubal was the father of the ones who played the harp and flute and Tubal-Cain was a craftsman. Through these two men, we were able to see that early man was very intelligent and had many skills. They taught others their skills as well. We also learned that they lived a very simple life then. Yes, some might have lived in caves, but they were not the “cavemen” we see on TV or in movies. We were able to tie in our Mystery of History lesson into music as well. During music, we learned all about the harp and heard the beautiful music it makes. We also learned that in Bible times, the strings for the harp were made out of GUT! This grossed us out…but don’t worry, the strings are made out of nylon now :).

In P.E. we are learning how to play Kickball. We are learning the rules of the game, how to show good sportsmanship, and how to work together as a team. Check out these actions shots below!

During Language Arts this week we started talking about adjectives and muscle sentences. We learned that adjectives help us better describe what’s happening in our sentence/story and allows others to fully understand the answers to the following questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how. Muscle sentences are really strong sentences that have a lot of detail. We were able to see the difference between weak and muscle sentences during writers workshop. Here are some examples we created.

Check out the pictures below that show us in art reading “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” and created art inspired from our reading, and in chapel learning about how anger is actually good when: we’re slow to become angry, have God’s anger, plant God’s word in our lives, and just do it like God asks us to.

We can’t wait see how much our brain grows next week, so make sure to check back next Friday!

2nd Week of Second Grade!

Wow! We had such a fun week learning in 2nd grade.

In science we were able to conduct TWO experiments to help us learn the process of the scientific method.

In our first experiment, we used Gummy Bears. We had 4 liquids; water, baking soda, vinegar, and salt water. We placed a red Gummy Bear in each liquid and let them soak for 24 hours. When we came back to next day, we were all surprised at how weird and cool the Gummy Bears looked. We learned that in water the Gummy Bear became bigger but lost a lot of its shape. In baking soda the Gummy bear begin bigger and kept its shape. In salt water the Gummy Bear became much smaller. In vinegar the Gummy Bear looked to be the same size but had lost its shape. We all became so excited about how the Gummy Bears changed, that I forgot to take a picture of them 😦 .

In our second experiment, we used Starburst. Our purpose for this experiment was to see if we could get a Starburst to float. At first, we found this experiment challenging. However, after putting some elbow grease into it we were able to reshape our Starburst and find just the shape we needed. We found that our Starburst had to be shaped like a boat in order to float. Every group was able to get a Starburst to float. One groups Starburst floated for 20 minutes!

In Mystery of History, we wrapped up creation and completed our creation booklets. We then began to learn about Adam and Eve. Most people know that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, but we got to dig deeper into Adam and Eve. We learned that through their choices, sin entered the world. We also learned that God created Adam and Eve in His very own image. Each and every one of us are special and uniquely made by God. We created self-portraits that show just how unique and special God made us. Can you find your Saint’s selfie?

Art and music were a blast this week too! In art, we discovered primary and secondary colors. We learned that blue, red, and yellow are our primary colors and when they are mixed together, we get secondary colors! We used our knew knowledge of this to create primary and secondary color geometric shapes. For the outline of our shape, we used a primary color. We filled in our shapes with the secondary colors we created. In music, we continued to work on “In My Father’s World”. We also discovered songs that rhyme are just like poems! During music we played around with the rhyming words in our song and discovered the rhyme scheme.

We can’t wait to see what next week holds!