One of the core NGSS science standards for second grade is “Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.” In collaboration with Ms. Brannon, the second graders have been bringing this concept to life! They explored the steps of the scientific method by first observing plants around school that are in various conditions. They made a hypothesis of what makes plants grow, based on these observations. Next, they identified which variables they would be testing and observing. One team is exploring sunlight by keeping one plant out on the windowsill and one inside of a dark closet. The other team is exploring the variable of water by not watering one plant and normally watering a second plant. Every few days, we venture down to the science lab to observe and record what has been happening. We’ve been working on using descriptive, scientific language when completing this experiment. We will then use this new knowledge to help keep plants thriving both in the classroom and in the greenhouse. Science is all around us!
Music with Mrs. Miller
With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little “Monster Groove” http://bit.ly/2yHKvqd (do you spy the references to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?”) We are also preparing for our Veteran’s Day assembly that will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 8:30am. Please make plans now to join us for this very special assembly. Ask your students about “American Tears” – they’re working hard to memorize this wonderful song honoring our veterans.