March was another marvelous month for AJA second grade students! Below you will find a recap of what the class has been studying and learn about the cool projects they completed.
Reading and writing were very closely integrated this month as we began our fairytale unit. As a class, we read several fairytales and folktales. We read, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, and much more! We also read several alternate versions of the originals. We discussed what made up the fairytale genre and came up with ways to alter fairytales. Students then chose a story that inspired them and altered it in their own way. Students have been working hard to finish their stories before the break. These stories are being written into books that will be printed and hardbound by a publishing company. Second graders are excited to give this keepsake as a special gift to parents. I believe parents will be delighted when they see how much their childÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s writing abilities have progressed. In reading, the second graders also practiced their fluency by having a part in a small skit. The children performed, The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff for first grade. Check out the photos of the skits below!
In math, second graders continued their unit on fractions and reviewed that a fraction is a part of a whole. They studied equivalent fractions as well as fractions of a set. Also, they learned tell if a fraction was greater than, less than, or equal to another fraction. The class also completed a unit on rounding. They learned to round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand. Second graders reviewed telling time to the nearest minute as well as worked on elapsed time. Students practiced reading story problems and figuring out how much time had gone by or what time it would be after a given activity. At home, students worked on developing their own game in order to help the class review a given topic (each child had a different math topic.) The class will be playing these games on math game day which is Thursday, April 2nd.
In language arts we studied synonyms and antonyms. Students learned that synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings, such as small and little. Students were challenged to identify synonyms for common words and to write lists of synonyms sets. Within their writing, they were asked to change ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsimple synonymsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â such as big, to synonyms like large, huge, or gigantic. They learned that antonyms are words with opposite meanings such as tall and short. Homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) were also reviewed.
In science, second grade continued their unit on life cycles. The class studied the life cycles of many animals, such as frogs, butterflies, spiders, and more! Each child chose an animal of interest and researched that animal. Each child completed a life cycle poster displaying the entire life cycle of that animal with labeled illustrations. Each child also researched the habitat of their animal and then designed a habitat suited to its needs. They built this inside of a shoebox. They also found interesting facts about the animal and created a fact book. These projects will be presented on Portfolio Day, but if youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d like a sneak peak, they are in the hallway outside of our room. The class also had ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œpetÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â butterflies. The children watched as they went from eggs, to caterpillars, to pupas inside a chrysalis, and finally butterflies. We released the butterflies together as a class and had a small celebration. This unit was culminated with our trip to CroweÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Nest Farm on March, 31st. Students learned how a cow is milked, went on a hayride to see bison and ostriches, as well as saw many interesting animals such as snakes, pigs, javelinas, chickens, tortoises, and much more! See the pictures below of our field trip.