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First Quarter

Second Grade ................... Exploratory Team

The teachers of these exploratory classes are committed to inspire the creative genius in all students through art, technology, library media, music, counselor and physical education.

Technology

Second graders have been working on their Kidspiration skills. Kidspiration offers a rich opportunity to utilize flow charts and various graphic organizers. We started the year studying spiders with Mrs. Hallier. Students gathered facts in library and then we published our “spider webs in computers.

Students also began keyboarding. Your child is more than welcome to practice the skills we learn at home. The website we will be using is called Dance Mat Typing and can be accessed at the following address: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Music

Second grade students have spent the first quarter building on rhythm skills we began in first grade. We spent time working to read, write, and sing melodies with sol, mi, and la (using hand signs along with voices). Students did a fantastic job with these skills! Creative movement adds so much to music. Second graders worked in groups to add movement to songs throughout this quarter, too. Listening is a huge part of our music classes. After listening to Johann Bach’s music, students drew pictures and wrote about what they thought Bach’s music was about. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Library

In our library classes we talked about rules and appropriate behavior, how to care for our books, and the proper use of shelf markers. We also discussed our safety procedures at RE, where we would go, and what our jobs are. We worked together in small groups to match and sequence the steps we follow when checking out books in the library. We discussed the acronym “I PICK” and other strategies when choosing a good fit book to check out.

Physical Education

The first few weeks of school were focused on the structure of the class and implementing/practicing our warm-up activities and signals. Students have learned new warm-ups such as Restaurant Race, Turtle Tag, and Builders and Bulldozers.

We then worked on cooperative activities; games and challenges where students have to work with one another to complete a task. We were able to play games such as Yogurt River, Beanbag Bash, Centipede Bucket Brigade, and Aerobic Bowling. Students spent a lot of time in small groups and teams to work together. They were able to practice good sportsmanship and respecting others—two very important qualities!

We also learn a “Word of the Week” – a word that is important in Physical Education. The words we have learned so far are: exercise, cooperation, competition, pace, humility, and accuracy.

We are finishing up our soccer unit. I am very impressed with the talent each student possesses! We have learned many skills, such as toe taps, trapping, passing, “tic-tocs”, and dribbling. Students were able to participate in dribbling games such as dribble knockout and dribbling bean bag bash. It has been a great start to the 2015-201 school year! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Art

To kick off the school year, all students created a self-portrait. The self-portraits were made in different colors so that we could create a school-wide rainbow self-portrait mural. The mural is on display in the cafeteria & it looks fantastic!

During the first quarter, second grade students completed two art projects. During the first lesson students learned about an artist named Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud is famous for creating paintings of sweet treats. After viewing & discussing his work, students created a drawing of cupcakes using chalk pastels. Student learned how to blend colors to make new ones & they also learned how to draw shadows to make their cupcakes look more realist. Next, Mr. Case, our student teacher taught the second graders about mask making. Students explored masks making in a variety of different culture & in reference to their own identity. Students designed & created their own mask out of construction paper. Student also learned a variety of paper folding techniques.

Counselor

In guidance with Ms. Munsey this quarter we started with getting to know you activities and understanding the role of the school counselor. We also focused on the character trait RESPECT. We spent much of our time discussing and understanding how to be considerate of other people’s feelings and tolerant of differences. During the first quarter we also celebrate Peace Week and Red Ribbon week. During peace week I taught students how to deal with their problems in a peaceful respectful way. We discussed strategies, reporting, and the definition of bullying behavior. Red Ribbon week is October 26th through the 30th. I will be teaching students the importance of healthy choices and good decision making.

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