For our ABC countdown we celebrated T for Try Your Best Day today to go along with Field Day. I have to say, this was the best bunch of good sports I have had in 2nd grade. For most of the activities, the students didn't even look to see who "won" the event. They were just having a great time playing...and getting wet!
As part of our ABC Countdown, today we celebrated Silly Sock Day. We even got to take off our shoes all day while we were in the classroom. You would think it would be a stinky room, but it wasn't!
As part of our ABC Countdown, we celebrated R is for Read-A-Thon. This was sooo much fun. We read our Egypt Question Books from Q Day at the outdoor classroom. Then we headed to the Wonder Lounge and took turns reading our own books and working on our animal Power Point projects...we didn't have enough computers for everyone :(. Then we headed to the library. During math time we got to read in the tunnel where we do our tornado drills. Some students even took books to lunch! Finally we finished up in the classroom working on our animal Power Point projects again and doing our final fluency checks for the year with Mrs. Huneycutt. Wow! The day went so quickly! It was so much fun!
Today we dissected owl pellets as part of our unit on animals. After initial grossness, the kids really got into it. I think we have some future doctors and scientists in our class!
Today we went on a Field Trip to Natural Bridge. The rain did not bother the kids at all! We toured the Monacan Village, went on the hike to Lace Falls, saw the bridge. Fortunately we found some space under the cover at the Cascades picnic area. Then the rain let up...just in time for our stop at the gift shop and trip to the caverns! We had an awesome guide at the caverns. The caverns was all but one student's favorite part of the trip.
This week we worked on science journals. We observed a plant seedling in the classroom then planted them. We also made entries in our journal about another plant in the habitat and drew birds eye views of the rain garden and butterfly garden.
2nd grade is doing an ABC countdown to the end of the year. Today was H for Hat Day. Check out all the activities we have planned for our countdown.
Fifteen students from our class were in the chorus for the drama production of Harry Potter. Most were complete hams when I was taking these pictures. Looks like they are prime to audition for parts in next year's play!
To celebrate Earth Day, students made projects out of recycled materials from home. Some projects were models and some were usable creations. All had amazing concepts behind them! Click on the button to go to assignment. We also did a grounds clean up and weeded and trimmed in the front of the building.
This week we have been working in groups to investigate how geography affects culture, our underling theme for social studies this year. Each group had a different environment around the world to study. The students did a nice job sharing their findings with the class.
Our second field trip of the year was to Amazement Square in Lynchburg. We were guided through the Native American exhibit, attended the Ancient China and Ancient Egypt presentation, and had free time playing on the tower and exploring the many hands-on exhibits. So cool!
To enrich and celebrate our last day of our China unit we played games from China, flew kites, sampled Chinese food and watched Mrs. Huneycutt's slide show from her visit to China! Food was our favorite!
Today was the Jump Rope for Heart Balloon Toss. Contributions earned students water balloons to throw at the teachers while the school cheers on! Not a lot of pics, as Mrs. Huneycutt volunteered to be on the wall.
This year's sock hop went Hawaiian with a luau. What fun!
This week was National Foreign Language Week. To celebrate we invited our foreign language speaking parents to come in and give us a mini-lesson on speaking another language. We learned German, Greek, French, and American Sign Language. Thanks to these parents for coming in and sharing!
Today was Read Across America Day. The 2nd grade had a pretend sleep out. Everyone wore PJs and brought their favorite books. Several parents and Ms. Mattey came in to read. We even had a tent set up outside and took turns reading in the tent despite the cold weather. It was awesome!
After a week of snow, the students were primed for this writing project! Students watercolored the background, added personality to their snowman, wrote about being in a snowglobe and added something in the picture to go with the story, and put a picture of themselves in the snowglobe. Click here to go to their gallery of each individual snowglobe.
Valentine's Day is always a favorite for 2nd graders! We decorated bags, graphed hearts in math, exchanged Valentines, and best of all...made our own ice cream sundaes! Yum!
Today we jumped rope and did other fun activities for 1 hour to raise money for the American Heart Association!
The PTO sponsored a family movie night. We saw The Lego Movie!