Second Graders love meeting with their 5th grade reading buddy every Friday, as this partnership develops leadership, teamwork, respect, and trust. Just as important it is for Second Graders to have peers to look up to, it’s also important for them to partner with younger students, so that they can be in the leadership role. To encourage this, we have been reading with Junior Kindergarteners the past two weeks, and what a joy it has been to watch the class welcome the little ones into our reading zone! Last week, students practiced reading their story with intonation to their PK buddy. Today, students explained what “Literary Language” is, and sitting together with their PK buddy, listened to Owl Moon and discussed special language used within the story.
In math, we are wrapping up our Unit on Mental Addition. Students have been busy adding tens/ones mentally, on a hundreds chart, and solving number patterns. They’ve gone deeper by creating posters to display multiple ways of solving equations such as 43+56. This last week before break we will be exploring coding with various activities.
It’s already December and a new year is just around the corner. In art class we have been working hard and learning all about the elements of art and the life and style of some well-known artists. In November, our 2nd graders learned about two revolutionary artists, Henri Rousseau and Pablo Picasso. After studying Rousseau, students spent a good amount of time creating their own wild collage jungles, learning how to draw animals, creating foliage and playing with color to create their art. Moving onto Picasso, one of Rousseau’s first fans, the 2nd graders pared his wild colorful style with our study of the art element, form. Inspired by Picasso, students created their own 3D portrait sculptures using wood pieces and paint. Looking forward, we will start the new year off with a unit on portraits, move onto a project connected with their in-class unit on Egypt, and begin working on the collaborative piece for our annual school celebration/auction. If you are interested in helping with this particular project I would be most grateful! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second grade art meets from 1-1:45 on Monday and Wednesdays.