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Second Grade

We'll wrap up the school year in June with an all-time favorite.  We'll also get some hands on experience with using items in the Library Makerspace area.  
 
In May, we collaborated with our Spanish Teacher, Senora Hines and read Cinco DeMouse-O  We decorated paper plate castanets and learned a really cool version of the Mexican Hat Dance.  This month, we also learned about the important of giving good directions and following them with a story called, Are You a Horse?.  We wrote out directions for a gift we could give to a silly cowboy named Roy and our friends tried to get the name of the item by listening to the directions on how to use that item.  We had a lot of fun with this activity.
 
April was National Poetry Month.  Second grade read a poem made into a picture book titled, "Scranimals" by Jack Prelutsky. We combined a favorite animal with a fruit, vegetable or plant to form our own scrambled animals. In addition, we read "Dear Children of the Earth..." and made our own coffee filter earth pictures completing a letter to Mother Earth about important things we can do to help our environment.
 
March will focus on favorite picture books from all over the world for our celebration of "Read Across America".  More to come on some special activities this month.  Second Graders will have to opportunity to read with a PAL therapy dog over Zoom or read with a pet at home.  We also began a Newbery Award winning chapter book, My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  Author Daniel Jude Miller will visit us virtually on March 15th at 2:30 PM and share his incredible book, Everybody Wake Up!!  Keep your eye on Block 7 in Google Classroom for more exciting events all month long.  
 
January is our month of CODE!  We will concentrate on pairing awesome Children's Picture books with CODING resources.  Students will learn about the basic principals of coding with our friend the wizard in, "If I Were a Wizard" by Paul Hamilton.  We'll use the ever popular "Kodable" program to practice coding.  Students will have access to this program for the rest of the school year and can work on the activities at their leisure.  

We'll also talk about the Caldecott Medal this month and take a look at the previous Caldecott Honor book, "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole".  Students will engage in the "Mock Caldecott Awards" and choose a book they think should win the medal this year. 

In February, students will read the Caldecott Medal winner for 2021.  We will also work on typing skills by utilizing the program "Keyboarding Without Tears".  Students will have access to this program for the duration of the school year as well.  There is also an incredible Black History Month Choice Board for students to work on anytime they wish.  In December, we completed a whole school virtual stick together poster.  This month, we'll start work on another...keep an eye out in Google Classroom for more information.