This week our class learned what a fairy tale was and the key parts that they have. Fairy tales are great stories to teach the reading strategy of comparing and contrasting between different stories. This is because fairy tales been retold in so many different ways. We are currently focusing on comparing and contrasting Cinderella stories. We read the original story together as a class. Now, with the help of our 5th grade buddies, we are reading different versions of this story and are looking to see what changes or stays the same in each story. For example, in one of the stories, "The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story", Cinderella wears and looses a golden sandal instead of a glass slipper like in the original story. This unit will support second graders with mastering following common core state standard:
RL.2.9: Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Additionally, we continued to work on the reading strategy of describing character traits. We read a true story about people protecting a library in Egypt from violent protestors by holding hands around it. We were able to describe the "inside traits" of the library owner who was the first to stand up to the protesters.
This week our class continued working on foundational money skills to support the following common core state standard:
- 2.MD.C.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
- Student Friendly Objective: I can solve word problems involving dollars and coins including using $ and ¢ symbols the right way.
Students continued their study on landforms and their focus on volcanos. This week we wondered why some volcanos were explosive while others were slow moving. We were able to experiment with different kinds of "lava" that we created and explored in class. Students discovered that thicker lava was more explosive and the volcano was steeper while thin lava was less explosive and the volcano was less steep.
We also focused on the question of why rocks at the top of the mountain were sharp and had sharp edges while rocks at the bottom of the mountain were more rounded. Students explored this by shaking sugar cubes inside of a jar to mimic what it would be like for a rock to fall down a mountain and hit the ground other rocks several times as it fell.
Wednesday, March 15th- Ice Cream Day, ice cream sold at lunch for $2.00
Friday, March 24th- Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm
Saturday, March 25th- Sunday, April 2nd- No school, Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd- School resumes