Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring is for Sprouts



Hi all!

In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, April 22, we grew a tree in hallway. On the leaves we wrote what we can do to help our environment. Students worked with their Kindergarten buddies to come up with ideas like picking up litter, recycling, and saving water by turning off the faucet when they brush their teeth. We encourage our students to try and stick to these promises over their break!




We also have some growth in our classroom! A few weeks ago, we started planting zinnias, marigolds, and cherry tomato plants to see how plants grow. Now, those plants have sprouted and are well on their way to becoming mature plants!


We hope that you all have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing our students back to school on Monday, May 1st!




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Taiko Drumming



Hello all! We are so excited that tonight is our Taiko Drumming performance at Colchester High School. Students are expected to be there at 6:15 pm so that we can get started at 6:30 pm. The performance should last around 1 hour, so the expected end time is 7:30 pm.

We ask that students wear short-sleeved shirts, preferably without any logos or writing on them (plain). Students should also wear pants, not skirts or dresses. Shorts are okay, but we would prefer pants!

Thanks so much and we can't wait to see you tonight!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Things are growing in Second Grade!

Yesterday, we were so lucky to have Ms. Kenna come in to teach us about bird's nests during Four Winds. We got together with Mr. Shephard's class and built our own bird's nests to protect our own chocolate eggs.



Our Second Graders have spent this week learning about plants! On Tuesday we planted some of our own plants (zinnias, marigolds, cherry tomatoes, and lima beans) and on Wednesday we planted some basil that will eventually be planted in the gardens outside!



During our science time we have been observing plants to tell about what they look, feel, and smell like. We have also been noticing if plants look healthy and what makes them different from other plants. We would like to encourage our students to continue observing plants and see what they notice. Next week we are going to learn even more about plants during our science time!

Today, with our K buddies, we learned about how to make maple syrup. We worked with our buddies to write a procedural writing piece to tell others how to make maple syrup. As a craft project, we made maple trees with buckets ready to collect the sap!

Starting today and going through next week we have our artist in residence: Paton sensei, teaching us all about Taiko drumming. Next Thursday is our performance at Colchester High School from 6:30-7:30pm.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Updates for Break


Hi all!

In preparation for break here are a few reminders:

- Please keep students reading over break, the practice is really good for their learning!
- Students should also continue to practice their addition and subtraction facts
- You can follow the Iditarod dog sled race at http://iditarod.com/  under Race Center then Race Standings. The race starts on March 4th. The students know who their musher is if they want to follow them! We will be talking more about the Iditarod when we come back from break.


In class this week Miss Petzold has been teaching about problem-solving and teamwork during story time. We hope that students keep working on their problem-solving strategies while they are at home!

With our Kindergarten buddies we worked on kindness. We made "complimittens" to write down compliments for our buddies.






We also played bingo using kindness words with our buddies. 



Please have a fun and safe break! We will see you back in school on Wednesday March 8th.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Look What We've Been Up To

Hello all! It has been a busy week despite our snow day on Tuesday!

We worked on prefix puzzles where we had to match the base word to a prefix!


We have been researching and writing about famous Americans. We learned how to use Google Docs and Google Slides.



Also some reminders:
1. It is really important for students to be practicing their math facts at home!
2. February 16th is an early release day
3. We will have a short Valentine's Day Breakfast. We will send more information out soon!
4. Please be sure that kids are sent to school with appropriate clothing to play outside.