The Kindness fruit stand saints were busy unlocking the mysteries of how gases or hydrothermal fluids locked inside a rock formation create crystals. With our safety glasses and hammer in hand we each had the opportunity to open a geode.
Wow! I can’t believe we’re already in the 3rd week of second quarter. These past few weeks we have really been working on communication and collaboration. It is so important for children to know how to communicate and work with one another. To help us work on this, we have been working on various projects and assignments. One big project we completed consisted of the students working to together to create voting booths, voting ballots, and ballot boxes for the Kinders first annual Pumpkin Character Book Report Contest. Through this process, the students had to collaborate and communicate to plan out their portion of the project.
This project was a huge hit! After the planning process, they began to create their projects! The students used various mathematic techniques such as: measurement, addition, and subtraction. They also used technology software to create and investigate. They conducted research to help them learn about the history of voting, what voting means, and why voting is important. Through this investigation, they learned that voting is a freedom we have. When they discovered this, they immediately tied it to our quarter theme, Kindness Freed.
When each group was finished with their part of the project, everyone was able to see the whole picture and understand how everyone’s role in the project was important. The students came to the conclusion that without communication and collaboration, they would not have been able to easily complete their tasks for this project and that the meaning behind this project would not have been the same. When voting day arrived, the students were so excited to use their creations to take place in our school wide voting for their favorite pumpkin character.
During the first quarter of 2nd grade, the saints have been learning what kindness is and how it is formed. Together, we are studying Ephesians 4:32, ” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” We are beginning to understand what God is saying to us and that Christ is our greatest example to follow as we are forming kindness.
With the beginning of a new school year, we are learning and practicing 2nd grade expectations. This year for positive reinforcement, we are using Swag Tags, Saints with a goal, in the classroom. These can be earned by accomplishing a goal individually or as a class. Swag tags are also given for loosing a tooth, birthdays, first day of fall, etc.. The tags earned will be sent home at the end of each quarter.
The Daily 5 Reading and Writing Workshops continue in 2nd grade. Our stamina while reading and writing builds each day.
We are reading The Josefina Story Quilt as a class. This book gives us the opportunity to discuss the 1800’s like moving west with a wagon train, leaving most of their possessions behind, experiencing the difficulties of the trip, and developing of a new land through the a quilt that tells a story.
In Math, we have written about what we think a mathematician does. The children reviewed math tools and how to use them properly. We are learning the procedures for guided math rotations and are working everyday to accomplish the daily tasks given. We are studying place value, ordinal numbers, even/odd, compared numbers, rounded numbers, number lines, and the organization of numbers.
We are becoming scientists. We shared what we know about science and science tools, and we introduced the scientific method. The students are learning that this is a process. Our first experiment as scientists was to find out how many water drops can fit on a penny. We worked through the scientific method using each step. The children were surprised to find that their hypothesis of 2 or 3 drops of water was not correct. Some were able to place 30 drops of water on their penny before it overflowed.
In Mystery of History, we reviewed the days of creation and completed our creation booklets. We learned about Adam and Eve, and through their choices, sin entered into the world. We discussed that God created Adam and Eve in His image. We are special and uniquely made by God. We created self-portraits that show just how unique and special God made us.
Other lessons included:
- Jubal and Tubal-Cain. They helped us to see that early man was intelligent. We were created by a brilliant and personable God.
- Noah & the Flood
- Ice Age
- Dinosaurs (of course, we had to paint our own)
This year we are exploring what it means to be united in our church, home, and school. We are learning to collaborate with each other to accomplish a common goal.
The children are working well together. They are enjoying their old friendships as well as making new friends.
It’s that time of year again, summer has quickly come to an end. I want to welcome you to the Kindness Fruit Stand and say that I am so excited for this school year! You and your saint already mean so much to me. I am so excited to see how everyone grows spiritually, socially, and academically this year.
More about Mrs. Hartung
Check out the information below to learn a few things about our second grade year.
Thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to be involved in your saint’s growth this year. Let’s unite together to help make their second grade year amazing!
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!
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 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!