SECOND GRADE WEDNESDAY PEAK NEWS
A Quick Note
I sure enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you all for parent teacher conferences. I love getting to know the parents behind these awesome kids, as well as the insights you are able to offer so that I can best meet their needs. Thank you for all that you do! Have a wonderful holiday break!
Our PEAK Day
Theme Study~Bright Ideas
"Hour of Code"
We enjoyed gathering with the older PEAK students for the nation-wide "Hour of Code". We used materials (robots and other things) from our new DIY lab, as well as code.org, along with some other coding apps and offered kids lots of choice in how they wanted to spend their time developing their "coding" skills. There are some pictures below. It was pretty awesome! I couldn't tear them away...I think ours definitely turned in to two hours of code. ;)
Topic Study: In topic study, the kids are reading and learning all about their chosen topics as they try to acquire knowledge to answer their essential questions. They are jotting down notes with the headings that help to answer those questions. We are working through the "remember" level of Bloom's Taxonomy as we name, list, describe, etc. things about our topics. We will continue to work through the deeper levels of thinking as we progress.
Science: The kids have continued to work through the scientific method, engaging in experiments with each of the simple machines. They are doing a great job learning to write hypotheses and conclusions as well as continuously developing their inquiry skills. Each have chosen a different simple machine to make using K'Nex and will begin building and conducting experiments with those. It is a great project for those spatial thinkers...and for those of us that are not~it helps to build those skills.
Personal Growth and Development/Creativity
We had some great discussions on friendship...how to be a good friend and ways to make friends.
We work hard during all of our group work to show great signs of teamwork and perseverance.