In the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that the second graders have a passion for nature and taking care of their environment. As they begin to wrap up their first unit focused on community, they followed the design process to identify a need in their community: pollution and waste that is finding its way to bodies of water. They are now ideating on how to solve this problem and will be coming up with prototypes to test. Immediate steps have been taken, such as picking up trash outside. We hope others will join us in these efforts!
They also took a field trip to Pilot Butte to learn more about their local community. During their hike, they identified local plants in a scavenger hunt. At the top of the butte, they learned how our beautiful landscape came to be created over the last thousands of years. New vocabulary arose such as tectonic plates, earthquakes, and erosion. They observed different types of rocks and identified the mountains around us. It’s hard to not feel passionate about saving the environment when you are surrounded by such beauty!
Art with Mrs. Santucci
From learning how to create color values for their stunning night sky pieces to using their knowledge of line to design and paint watercolor seahorses, the second graders have been amazing the school with their careful, creative talent. We are now studying about the artist and architect Hundterwasser whose unique and colorful buildings and art brightened up the era following WWII. After learning about him and his philosophy, they will create their own unique landscape incorporating what they have learned about line, pattern, shape, color and symbols.