Monday, April 9, 2018

Half a Metric Me!


     As a culmination to our measurement unit, the kids spent some time 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 2, 2018

Arctic Animal Research Project

     We have spent the past several weeks learning about the Arctic and the animals that inhabit this part of our world.  The kids recently completed a culminating project, showcasing their learning during this unit.
     Our initial lessons were spent learning about the geography and climate of the Arctic, as well as the people and animals who live there.  Using their newly acquired background knowledge, the kids then had an opportunity to choose an Arctic animal they were most interested in researching for a special project.  I was absolutely amazed at how focused and engaged the kids were, as they used iPads, books, and articles to gather information about their chosen animal.  The kids learned how to use "dot jots" to help them record their learning as they gathered facts about the animal's physical characteristics, its' predators, its' prey, and a variety of other interesting information.  The kids used their "dot jot" research to compose a report that taught their audience about an Arctic animal.  I was absolutely amazed at how easily the kids used their notes (dot jots) to compose complete sentences in their reports!  This is quite a sophisticated skill for a second grader.  Bravo!
      After the writing was complete, the kids created an "Arctic Explorer" art piece to accompany their research.  The kids recorded their Arctic Reports on SeeSaw and then attached a QR Code to their "Arctic Explorer" for all to enjoy!  Please be on the lookout for an Arctic Explorer post in your child's SeeSaw portfolio!