Today was D-Day....Dig and Get Dirty Day as part of our ABC Countdown. All second graders paired up to plant a perennial and an annual in one of the school gardens. Check out the rain garden habitat, the raised bed outside the 2nd grade classrooms, the butterfly garden, and the front beds to see the new plants!
After finishing the measurement, students experimented with what else they could do with the bubbles...blow a bubble in a bubble...poke your finger in a bubble without popping it...blow a bubble in the air just using a straw...see which table could blow the most bubbles together!
Then we played "Animal Salad" for our greeting, a twist to our "Shoe Salad" greeting. This is how you play. First we put all the animals in the center of our circle and toss the salad. (We posed for this picture right before the toss!) Then each student in turn picks an animal and goes around asking, "Is this your animal?" When they find a match they greet the student and the student greets back. Then its the new student's turn to select an animal and find its owner. Lots of fun and giggles here!
We read in pairs, by ourselves, and had a bit of time to listen to stories at Story Line Online and Raz Kids on the computer.
For part of the time, we could join students in the other 2nd grade classes or read with our mentors.
Thanks to Ms. Poole, Allison's grandma, Tristan's mom, Finna's mom, and Ashley's mom for reading to our class!
Today was the grade 2-3 music performance of Folk Tales from Around the World. The students were funny and fabulous! Thanks to all the parents who turned out for the standing-room-only evening performance. What a wonderful, supportive, community!
Today we participated in Jump Rope For Heart. Students ran through various stations and exercised and jumped their hearts out for 1 hour to raise money for the American Heart Association. The school raised over $9,000!
For our February French lesson, we celebrated Mardi Gras! First we saw a video clip and some pictures of Mardi Gras being celebrated in France. Then we strung beads to make necklaces and made masks before parading around the room. Finally we saw a demonstration of how crepes are made and a few students tried to flip one before we all had a crepe as our treat of the day.
Today was our second field trip of the year to Amazement Square in Lynchburg and it was truly AMAZING! Our kids were so psyched to go after we completed a WebQuest yesterday in class so they could narrow down their free choice exploration time to the things they really wanted to do. We explored the many hands-on exhibits, had free time playing on the 4+ story climbing tower and were guided through the Native American exhibit. So cool!
Here we are all excited on the bus. "Are we almost there yet?"
Here we are at some of the hands-on exhibits.
The 4-story climbing tower with the zipline, slides, and climbing walls was the favorite of most students.
We learned about all three tribes that we have been studying at the American Indian Exhibit. First our class was split into three groups and assigned to explore and collect artifacts from a different tribe. The the students presented their findings to the rest of the class before all students explored all areas of this exhibit.
With it being such a beautiful day, we had lunch outside, and then back on the bus to head home.