Second Grade: Specials Spotlight
Third Quarter 2016-2017
3rd quarter for 2nd grade was highlighted by the 2nd grade music program, “Bear’s Big Concert!” I am so proud of the hard work these students put into their show. They did such a wonderful job of bringing our stories to life! After watching and evaluating their performance, we spent some time with movement activities. We played a stick passing game and discovered that as the music’s tempo (speed) increased, it became much more important to stay focused! The sticks were really moving by the end of the game! Improvisation is an important skill learned in music classes. We began with improvised movement this quarter, and will expand to more next quarter and in future years. This is something that helps students grow in their ability to think on their feet in other subjects, too.
We have gotten a start on our next project. In the classroom they are learning about different ecosystems this semester. We are bouncing off that and creating a flip book about the food chain. Students are researching examples of producers, consumers and decomposers by watching assigned videos. After we find multiple examples, we are going to learn safe search techniques for creative commons photos to add to our book.
Towards the end of the quarter we will cover a bit of internet safety and do a little coding with our new Ozobot robots the PTA purchased for us!
At the beginning of third quarter, the students learned some new warm-ups such as “octopus tag”, “rolling rocks”, “four corner fitness”, and “timed run”. A big portion of third quarter was spent learning to jump rope, which is no easy task! I have spoken with many adults that have said they wished they learned how to jump rope at a younger age. I am thankful that I am able to teach this age of kids and can help them learn skills that will help them all throughout their lives! Jump rope is a great cardiovascular skill, and you don’t need to do much before realizing that you are getting some great exercise. We spent a lot of time getting familiar with the ropes, how to hold them properly, swing them properly, and practiced jumping over the rope. The most important thing was that the students did not give up. I was extremely proud of them for trying their hardest, even when things got tough! Another chunk of the quarter was filled with climbing. I was extremely impressed with the students’ memories of the safety rules. They really do an awesome job at remembering the importance of safety and take it very seriously! They were able to climb the rock wall and cargo net this year, and it was such a joy to see their faces light up each day the came in and saw what they were about to do. The words for each week were: potential, healthy lifestyle, challenge, mindset, perseverance, endurance, and flexibility. I am looking forward to fourth quarter and a strong finish to a great year!
Happy fourth quarter. Time has flown by. This quarter we will be finishing our Too Good for Drugs units. Their purple workbooks will be coming home with them so they can share what they have learned. The rest of the time we will be reading and learning the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. I would like to remind everyone that all community service hours need to be recorded, hours totaled, and turned into me no later than April 7th. If you are in need of addition logs please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org. The window for community service hours is April 2016-April 2017. Again, please email me with any questions. I look forward to an exciting new quarter.