Family Celebration, New Science Unit, and Reader’s Theater

It has been a busy, exciting few weeks in second grade since we have come back from winter vacation.  We drew our immigration and family history unit to a close this past week with a joyous family history celebration.  Many parents and siblings came to learn about and celebrate our varying cultural heritage.  They enjoyed different traditional foods, looked at real family heirlooms, and observed old family pictures.  Thank you to all the parents who not only helped your children understand the richness of family history, but who were able to come and join in this celebration.  It’s important that we continue to have discussions about our heritage so that we continue to know our own history and how it connects to the diverse country that is our home.

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This week, we launched a new science unit all about balance and motion.  Throughout this unit, students will learn about various types of motion such as spinning, rolling, sound, and magnetic motion.  They will gain a deeper understanding of how things move around them and begin to learn the building blocks of physics!

We began our unit by test out various materials that we’ll be using in the coming weeks such as musical instruments, tops, weights, and balance shapes.

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While some students attempted to balance the shapes on the floor or on their fingers…2015-01-15 13.44.31 2015-01-16 13.16.38


Others took a seal-like approach as they attempted to balance the shapes on their noses…

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Another exciting thing we have been working on in school is preparing for our reader’s theater performance on February 6th at 8:15.  We’ll be performing two separate plays: Thunder Cake and Thank you Mr. Falker, both are books by our author study author, Patricia Polacco.  You are in for a real treat!  

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