Monday, January 30, 2017

Exploring Asia

   We have entered a new continent: Asia! We started out by exploring the atlas, first to name and locate on a map some of the countries of Asia, and next to learn some facts about the world's largest continent. More exploration to come!




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Visit to an Egyptian Marketplace

Today we took a field trip to the third-grade wing, where Mrs. Vita-Taylor's class welcomed us to their ancient Egyptian marketplace. We heard presentations from farmers, scribes, mummy makers, beer makers, and more. A sneak peek into third grade!




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Measurement



    We began our math unit on measurement by reading a story called How Big Is A Foot?, in which a king orders a bed to be constructed based on measurements in feet -- his own feet. The young building apprentice constructs the bed by measuring with his own small feet. Following this introduction to the importance of standard measuring units, students cut out paper feet that are exactly  12 inches long and used them to measure various objects around the classroom. In their enthusiasm, several students measured the length of the second-grade hall! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pajama Day STEM challenge


  On the day before vacation we wore pajamas and took on a STEM challenge: designing and building a tower of straws and a limited amount of modeling clay.








A Musical Guest



   

  We were so fortunate to have Finnegan's dad bring his bass to the classroom! He taught us about the bass, and let everyone try playing it. Then he played bass and I played guitar while we all sang!





Math Games



Playing math games is a great way to reinforce skills and practice problem solving.



Monday, November 21, 2016

A Nation of Immigrants

























 The colored dots on the map indicate where our ancestors came from. We are truly a nation of immigrants!