This week students were working on reading strategies through our second grade theme of change. We are learning that "Culture Changes Story" through several different "trickster" tales and comparing them. They often convey folk wisdom, which can change from culture to culture. As a class have created a list of the evidence of the culture from the stories we have read to compare to the other stories. For example, one author used a guinea pig as a main character because the story is set in the Andes Mountains where guinea pigs live in the wild. Students also learned that "trickster tales" are often funny stories where a (usually) smaller animal tricks a bigger one using their brains. Here are a few of the stories we have focused on:
Students have continued working on geometry by learning then names of several shapes, counting their lines and angles and learned how to compose another geometric shape by using several other shapes. For example, students could make a trapezoid using three small triangles or one triangle and one rhombus. Here are the following common core state standards we continue to work on:
2.G.A.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
2.G.A.2 Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.
2.G.A.3Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
This week students learned that plants need space, water, and food (sunlight) to grow. We are going to learn more about the plant lifecycle and parts by making observations as we watch our plants grow in our classroom! Second graders were excited to plant Brassica seeds, water them and put them under our sun lamp this week. They made their first observation seeing only dark, wet soil.