Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Apps we Love in Second Grade

We LOVE our ipads and have been using them regularly since we began exploring them a few weeks ago. Here are a few apps that we love using (and they are all FREE).

Rocket Speller: We LOVE this spelling app because after we spell a certain number of words correctly we get to build a super cool rocket.

Scribble Press:  We can create our own books or use a template to create a book.  We are getting ready to publish a narrative using Scribble Press.  You can also order a printed version of the books you create.

Little Speller: We use this app to practice spelling sight words.

For Teachers:

Mrs. Williams is loving the Common Core App powered by Scootpad and has just discovered a great blog called Apps in Education. Many of the apps listed on this website have a fee though.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Number of the Day!

One of our new All About Numbers math activities is "Number of the Day."  Second grader's, ask your parents to print the record sheet and number cards out for you so you can practice at home too!  If you bring back your completed record sheet(s) they will count toward your weekly homework treasure box pick.

Number of the Day

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

K-2 Election Results Just In!

Yesterday K-2 students at our school participated in the election process.  All students "registered" to vote, signed up to work at the polls during their recess times and went through the voting process.  They took their jobs very seriously and made sure there was no funny business from any of the citizens coming through the polls to place their very important, anonymous votes.  Our K-2 teachers used ideas from the Shout All About America: Classroom Elections for Kiddos unit that we found on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.  After a careful count of the ballots the results were 38 Obama, 39 Romney.

Poll workers help a citizen begin the voting process.

A Marshal helps a citizen place their ballot in the ballot box.

Mr. Neil explaining how the ballot works.

Students waiting their turn to place their vote!

A citizen signs in at the polls.

Judge 2 explained how to fill out the ballot to voters.

Poll workers checking to make sure everything is legal.

Clerk 1 looks on as a citizen signs in to vote.

After citizen voted they received an "I voted!" sticker from a Marshal.

Looking over the paper work.

A Marshal waits patiently to help voters place their ballots.

After counting the votes a Marshal shredded them to make sure there was no  voter fraud.

K-2 students after hearing the results.

Looking at the Electoral College Map...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Boo Bubbles

On Halloween we were introduced to the Scientific Method with a science experiment masterminded by Steve Spangler.  You can click here to watch a video of Steve doing this experiment.

Mrs. Williams set out all of the supplies we needed to do the experiment and explained that scientists use a process called the scientific method.  She said the first step in this process was to ask questions.  Our question was:

What would happen if we placed dry ice into warm water, capped the container with our funnel/tube/cup apparatus and dipped the small 2 oz. cup at the end of the tube into a soap solution?

We then talked with our neighbors and made predictions about what we thought would happen.  We then used our predictions to form a Hypothesis, which is the second step in the scientific process.

Next we had to test our Hypothesis, the third step in the scientific process.  Here is what happened!

We made LOTS of observations, the fourth step in the scientific process, and all had a chance to play with the Boo Bubbles.  

The final step was to draw conclusions.  We concluded that when you put the carbon dioxide, in its solid form, into warm water it immediately transforms into its gaseous form and if you control the amount of gas that is released (by only letting it escape through a tiny tube) it creates pressure that blows the gas into a bubble.  

We LOVED this experiment and can't wait to make more scientific discoveries throughout the year!