Thank you, Mrs. Wheeler for hosting Sunday 6.
3 Million Words - I'm so proud of one of my students, Gabby. She has read 3 million words this school year! Whaaat - that is an outstanding number of words. Gabby was awarded this medal for her efforts.
Newspaper Towers - This week the second graders completed a STEM challenge - build a tall tower out of newspaper tubes. I was fortunate to have a sub on Monday who had time to roll lots of the tubes.
STEM time is one of my favorite times in the classroom. The ability to work with a partner is an important skill for everyone. As I wander around the room during STEM challenges, I listen in on conversations. I've found the successful partners take time to listen to each other and have the ability to take direction from each other. We all know the partners who only want to do things their own and then check out when their partner does something in a different way. Oh the joys of learning!
Newspaper House - Last week brought challenges in our classroom, with only 6 days left how does a teacher keep students engaged? We started building a house out of newspapers! Rather than recycle the newspaper tubes after our tower challenge, I asked students to help me build a house! Many students have met their reading goals, their Lexia learning minutes, and completed all their work, rather than tell them to read another book or read with a buddy, they became part of my construction crew.
As we worked, I talked to the construction crew about strength and using triangles to make the various walls stronger. Once we had the walls at a fairly secure stage, we started adding paper bag walls. The bags also helped with the strength of the walls. Hopefully, our house will be finished on Tuesday so the students have a coupe days to enjoy the house before our last day on Friday.
Field trip Fun! - Our field trip to the lake was so much fun! Each year our second grade class uses the facilities at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp. It is so relaxing, I know some field trips are stress filled with trying to keep everyone corralled and accounted for, we have worked at getting the trip to be just as enjoyable for the staff as the students.
This year one of our speakers was able to attend, so in a pinch a retired middle school science teacher (dad to my co-worker) visited with the kids. The students went on a scavenger hunt in the area around the lake. This student really took her time to find all the items and make them just the right size for her egg carton.
Enjoy the short week! Only 4 days of school left for me!