Columbia day 2 rotations

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Thursday, October 16, we had our second day of our AUM students teaching our culture study. Miss Barrett led the lesson by teaching all about Columbia on a map, its capital, its clothing and its culture. Then, the students divided into three groups, each led by a different intern. They got to work with maps, learn more about clothing, and do in-depth research at the computer station, all while recording their information in their Columbia passbook. They had a great time and learned a lot!


Today was our AUM students first day to teach on their own. They launched our culture study for theme day. Our class was assigned the country of "Columbia." So, for day 1 we studied and created the flag, the national flower, and the national tree. The kids had a blast!

Planting flowers

To launch our unit on plants, we got to plant our own flowers! After discussing seeds and observing different types, we went outside armed with pots, soil, seeds, and water. We split into groups and began planting. We watered the plants and labeled the pot (Zinnias, Nasturtiums, and Sunflowers). We can't wait to observe these flowers and document our findings in our plant observation journal!

Plant functions - Celery Experiment

Because we are studying parts of the plant, our class did an inquiry experiment with celery. We wanted to know what would happen if we put the celery in colored water overnight. The kids figured out that the celery needs to take in the water to live and the color of the water will effect the celery color over time.

Humane Society

On Friday, October 17, Mary Hughes from the Montgomery Humane Society paid a visit to the MacMillan second graders! She brought her golden retriever along with her to teach the children how to care for an animal, how to treat an unknown animal, and how to pet an animal. The kids learned a lot and really enjoyed her demonstration!

May I pet your dog?

Let the dog sniff the back of your hand

Then you may pet the dog's back

We love Harvey!

Taking care of garbage

After our first lesson on littering, the students posed the question: What happens after we throw this stuff in the garbage?
I love that this opportunity for an inquiry exploration came about!
We wrote down our questions, and then brainstormed resources to figure out our answer. First we did a little internet browsing, and then we called Montgomery Waste Management to figure out what we couldn't find online.
We eventually got our answers and decided to make sure everyone else would know what we'd just found out. Since we are studying sequencing this week in reading, it fit in perfectly to outline the steps that garbage goes through from the time we throw it away in our trash can.We typed the steps up, then split into groups of two to illustrate and write out the step. After all steps were completed, the children glued down the steps in the correct order. They did a terrific job!

Making sure the steps are in order

Why don't we recycle any of this garbage?

Taking action!

Word Work - getting started

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We began our 4th component of the Daily 5 called "Word Work." During Word Work, we focus on spelling and vocabulary work with children, creating a richly literate environment that provides essential and often-skipped practice time. 
Our class-created I chart
During the Word Work time, students experiment with spelling patterns, memorize high-frequency words, and develop a genuine curiosity and interest in new and unique words.  By playing with words, word patterns, word families, prefixes, suffixes, and so on, students hone their knowledge of words and increase their writing skills.

Sharing the planet - Taking Action

After reading the Scholastic News article, "River of Trash," and the Loreen Leedy book "The Great Trash Bash," my 2nd grade class decided to take action! They suggested we take a look around our environment and clean it up a bit. So...outside we went armed with garbage bags and enthusiasm!