Monday, October 23, 2017

Exploring with Google Earth

      This afternoon Mrs. Wolinsky introduced the kids to the website, Google Earth.  This integrated technology lesson connected nicely to our study of monarchs.  Mrs.Wolinsky began by sharing a wonderful YouTube video on the migration of monarchs that connected directly to the work we have been doing in the classroom with Journey North.  The video shared the locations of multiple monarch sightings observed on the Journey North migration map throughout the fall.  These locations included New York, North Carolina, Texas, and finally Mexico (although to date they have not yet arrived at the winter sanctuary).  Mrs. Wolinsky then showed the kids how to use Google Earth to "travel" to these locations and a variety of others.  It was exciting to see the level of engagement as the kids "traveled" to Mexico, Paris, Mt. Everest, the White House, and the Great Wall of China, just to name a few!
     The kids were absolutely fascinated with this website!  Be sure to ask your child about this highly engaging technology lesson.  Thank you Mrs. Wolinsky!








Friday, October 20, 2017

One Fantastic Friday!

Please enjoy these pics from our fantastic day together.  We had a wonderful time playing board games with friends, and snuggling with a favorite stuffie while becoming "lost in a book" during Reader's Workshop this morning.  We spent the afternoon learning about fire safety from our guest firefighter, Mr. Gautreau (Mrs. Gautreau's husband), and then ended the day by saying goodbye to our painted lady butterflies, as they fluttered away into the YES garden.

I feel so fortunate to have the privilege to spend my days teaching and learning with this amazing group of second graders! 

Have a fabulous weekend!



























Thursday, October 19, 2017

Math Monsters in Room 208!

     As an extension to several Everyday Math lessons that have focused on skip counting, doubles facts and touched on the relationship between multiplication and (repeated) addition, the kids have been hard at work creating Math Monsters.  To create their monsters, the kids flipped a card and recorded groups of four based on the number they flipped.  For example, if a child flipped the number 3, they recorded the fact, 3x4, and then recorded 3 groups of four.  They solved the fact by using repeated addition, 4+4+4=12.  Finally, the kids looked on the class Math Monster poster to determine what body part to add to their very own monster.  It was so exciting to see how completely engaged the kids were in this spooky activity!  Be sure to check out these wonderful creations both in the pictures below and displayed in our classroom.