Monday, April 24, 2017

Half a Metric Me!

     As a culmination to our measurement unit, the kids spent some time before vacation creating their very own "Mini-Me".  They began this project by measuring a variety of body parts with a partner, recording their data, then working to find the half measurement of each actual measurement.  As a class, we discussed strategies they could use to calculate half measurements.  The kids decided they could use the doubles fact strategy.  For example, if the measurement was 6 centimeters, they could ask themselves, "What is the doubles fact for 6?". This would lead them to 3, which is the half measurement.  Another strategy the kids decided upon was to fold their tape measure in half once they determined the actual measurement.
     In keeping with Everyday Math instruction, the kids were given the option to round their measurements to the nearest centimeter.  This method was also applied when calculating the half measurements.  For example, if the actual measurement was 35 cm, the half measurement would be 17 1/2 cm.  The kids were given the option to use either 17 or 18 as the measurement.

      I was thrilled with how completely engaged the kids were in this project.  
The Mini Me Second Graders look fabulous!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Exploring with Google Expeditions

The kids had a FANTASTIC time this morning exploring the world with Google Expeditions.  In this morning's voyage, we "traveled" to the Arctic.  Be sure to ask your child about this amazing experience.

I have included a few pictures and some information from our technology teacher, Cathy Wolinsky, below.

Students have had the experience of using Virtual Reality (VR) viewers to visit places around the world using Google Expeditions. Here are links to more information about this experience:

Beach Day!

Please enjoy a few pictures from our highly popular beach day...