A STEM Designated School
A STEM Designated School
To wrap up our unit on weather, we decided to delve a little deeper into a HIGHLY interesting topic for our second graders: tornadoes! After spending time researching how tornadoes are formed, we tried to build a structure to save our toy animals from a tornado! We had to build a structure with a roof that was big enough to hold our animal, had a door to let our animals in and out, and be able to withstand the winds of a tornado. We worked so hard to keep our beloved dinos safe from the twisters!!
After several attempts, we persevered, showed resilience, and "escaped" our desert island by finding the treasure! We had to solve 5 riddles that were coupled with some of the deepest thinking math problems, but we found the right treasure chest with the key in order to make it out of our escape room. While it was not easy, we worked together with our teams and showed that "teamwork makes the dreamwork"! I am so proud of all of our groups, even the ones that did not QUITE make it out of the escape room. We can't WAIT to see what challenges are waiting for us next!
Our second graders recently went on a small pilgrimage with the eighth grade to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio. While we were there, we got to spend the time prayerfully walking the grounds, going to Mass together(with some of our students participating as readers or bringing up the gifts), visiting the gift shop and then getting our gifts blessed. As a special treat, the priests brought out the Relic of the True Cross, and we were each able to walk forward and receive a blessing with the relic touching our foreheads. It was a gorgeous and reverent day together, and one that I hope has left as lasting of an impact on the students as it did on me.
I am so thankful for how my class is getting settled into routines and learning more each day! We are focusing on letting more student choice be heard in the classroom, from the way we present our ideas, to the work that we do to demonstrate learning, to the centers we get to visit for small group work! Keep on doing all the wonderful things you are doing to learn and grow into the wonderful people God has made you to be!
The most popular thing we've done so far has definitely been the "Get to Know You Balloons". The students had to pick out a balloon, find a way to pop it using their bodies (no teeth!), and then read and answer the question. I loved watching the students cheer each other on and support each other in popping the balloons and finding commonalities between each other. Keep up the awesome work of supporting each other!
Welcome back to school! I have been (not so) patiently waiting to meet you, and I am SO EXCITED for another year! I can't wait to get to know you all, but in the meantime here is a little bit about me.
Consonant + le words. Examples include: cuddle, snuggle, wiggle, puddle, twinkle, little.
Irregular Past Tense Verbs
These are verbs that do not end in -ed to show they happened in the past. Some examples include:
ran tore. ate gave wrote
sung. swam. brought flew caught
went. ate took woke knew