Today we had a special treat with out 4th grade Buddy Readers...hot chocolate with marshmallows and Oreo cookies! Yum! Seemed to set the stage for holiday book reading. OUr class also brought their Holiday Fortune Tellers with them and showed the 4th graders how to make them. What fun!
Today was Miss Melson's last day! We declared it "Miss Melson Day" and had her wear a crown! After lunch we gave her a scrapbook. The front page said, "Our words for Miss Melson" and "Love from your first 2nd grade class." Then on each page it said "Miss Melson is..." with a word the student chose to describe her. It had a picture of the student and their name and a watercolor picture that the student made. Finally the back pages had photos of our class from throughout the year, and there were some empty pages left for her to store her letters and cards the students made for her. She loved it!
Then we all gave her items to put in her Teacher Survival Kit (below). She was very touched. Everything was great and happy, until the end of the day, when it set in that she was really leaving, and then the tears rolled! She promised to come visit and hopes to substitute at Crozet next semester, so I am certain we will see her again. She sure will be missed!!
Today our class participated in the Hour of Code. To find out more about this global effort to expose kids of all ages to coding experiences, click here. We used some fabulous websites designed just for 2nd graders at the Hour of Code site and at Tynker. Check out our STEM page and scroll down to see all our coding links.
Today we used watercolors to paint our Holiday Traditions and posted them on our hall bulletin board along with the paragraphs describing their traditions. The students are really becoming comfortable with the water color medium and experimenting with mixing and overlaying colors as well as trying out different strokes and techniques. The bulletin board looks marvelous and reading all those traditions leaves me warm at heart! Thanks to all the parents for helping with the writing and getting the pictures sketched at home!
Today we put up the feathers on our 2nd Grade Turkey. It looks awesome! It was so big we put it on the bulletin board in the main hallway near the cafeteria. As I was putting it up, several classes walked by and excitedly commented..."There's my sister's/brother's feather!" Ms. Crummie and several other staff members e-mailed the 2nd grade team with compliments. Thanks to all the families for contributing to this collaborative art project.
Here is a slide show of each student with their feather.
Today was Book Character Day at Crozet and students dressed up as a character in a book. The students' costumes were awesome!
For our Fall Party we decorated (and ate) cookies, made ghost pops, and ate yummy treats.
Today Finna's dad came in to do some demonstrations with dry ice to cap off our states of matter unit. He froze a banana and used it to hammer in a nail. After freezing rubber bands the students got to snap them apart. Then the students froze and shattered roses into tiny pieces. Students were most fascinated by the smoke that flowed like a river when they poured water over the dry ice!