To conclude our World Holidays unit, we celebrated Hanukkah today by playing a game called Dreidle. The students had fun spinning the top and winning candy. Everyone was a winner, as we evened out the amount won so everyone took a share of the candy home.
This is one of the student' favorite activity of the year! Last Friday they had to decide what they need for their house, fill out an order form, and go to the gingerbread house store to buy their supplies. Then today they constructed the houses in the morning and decorated them 2 hours later after the houses set. What masterpieces! Thanks to all the parents for sending in supplies, and to Grant, Ben, Cara and Ashley's moms for helping out!
Today Mrs. de Wekker came in for our monthly French lesson and shared a slide presentation on "Les Traditions of Noel en France" or, in English, "The Christmas Traditions in France." The students loved all the images and videos. After, the students decorated paper ornaments with French themes before receiving a treat (yum!) and getting another stamp in their passports.
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!