Second Grade has been studying earth’s natural resources in Science and have been exploring renewable resources and non renewable resources. Trees, although identified as a natural resource, were the source of an interesting conversation. We discussed how, in the case of trees, humans take more of this natural resource than nature can provide. To illustrate this dilemma we conducted an activity with pretzel sticks serving as trees. During each round, the protector of trees planted four trees from their source. The lumberjack doubled the number of trees they ‘cut down’ in each round, starting with one. After 8-12 rounds, the 2nd graders observed that the trees were quickly consumed.
Grade 2 has been working very hard to build a strong foundation in math. We have been exploring early multiplication and division through repeated addition and subtraction. Moving on to tackle our 2, 5, and 10 multiplication facts presents a fun challenge! Through the use of hands-on activities these bright mathematicians are enjoying the process and mastering this important math concept.
In PE class, Unquowa students celebrated the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang with some winter events of their own! Walking behind their torch bearer, along with the Olympic theme song set the stage for an unforgettable class. The figure skating routines were graceful and the ski jumpers were smooth at take off. Skiers cruised through the biathlon and torch relay while curlers showed great strategic maneuvers. Go Gators! Go Team USA!
Grade 2 worked really hard on their Informational Writing unit. First they chose an animal they wanted to learn more about. Using a research planning sheet as a guide, they looked through a variety of non-fiction books to find key facts about their animal. When they completed their research, they compiled the information to make a book. Their books included a table of contents, chapter headings, illustrations, and a glossary. We then read our books to anyone and everyone! Grade 1, Grade 3 and Grade 5 stopped by to enjoy all of our hard work.
On a beautiful, sunny, fall day the students from second and seventh took their art class on the road to the Florence Griswold Museum to visit the Fairie Village created by artists. Miniature art galleries, movie theatres, libraries, and wind farms all designed to be used by faeries are found throughout the breathtaking grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum. The students also had the opportunity to paint “plein air” outside on the magical museum grounds. What a wonderful way to spend the day!
The second grade and PreK-3 classes went on a walking field experience to the local firehouse. Second graders are learning about citizenship and this walk gave them the perfect opportunity to show their understanding of what it means to be a good citizen! They were responsible for making sure the younger students got to the firehouse safely – and they took their responsibility very seriously! The firemen also proved to be a great example of what it means to be part of a community and a strong citizen.