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The interests of our students had taken a turn upward. Our students were wanting to learn about our solar system. As a result of learning so much they wanted to share their knowledge with the community by building a model solar system housed in a common place for all to enjoy. Along with the model, our students created informational writings for each planet they researched and created.
The Plymouth Public Library asked our 2nd graders if they would be willing to display their solar system model in one of their cases. Please visit the library to enjoy our students' amazing creation!
Entry Event: Star Lab
Thanks to Ms.Johnston we were able to get an actual star lab! This is a very large dome that is filled up with air using a high powered fan. Inside the dome is pitch black. There is a projector that projects all of the stars and constellations onto the ceiling of the star lab. They projection even rotates just as the earth does! It was large enough to fit our entire class! All grade levels were able to enjoy the star lab.
SCI.2.2 2010 - Earth and Space ScienceDay to day and over the seasons, observe, measure, record and recognize patterns and ask questions about features of weather. (2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.2.4, 2.2.5, 2.2.6) Investigate how the position of the sun and moon and the shape of the moon change in observable patterns. (2.2.7, 2.2.8, 2.2.9)
2nd grade is the year when students graduate from iPads to MacBooks. When our students come to us the thing they are most excited about is getting to use their computer.As facilitators we wanted to start the year off right by focusing their attention on how our MacBooks help us learn. We challenged them to create something that would help MacBook users understand the many ways that using this piece of technology can enhance their learning while being safe, practicing good digital citizenship, and taking care of their machine!
SCI.2.4.2: Identify Technologies developed by humans to meet human needs. Investigate the limitations of technologies and how they have improved quality of life.
2.OA.1 Add/subtract within 100 to solve 1 or 2 step word problems
2.OA.3 Odd and Even
2.RF.3a Long/short vowels
2.RL.3 Character Response
As MacBook experts, our students worked in small groups to create something that they could share with other students (or anyone who could benefit) to help them use applications on their computers that enhance their learning. Our students made Keynote presentations on how to use the Keynote application. They also made Pages documents on how you can use the Pages application. They made things like posters using the Pages application on how to care for you MacBook and how to practice good digital citizenship. They also used the Quick Time application to make videos on how to do multiple step math problems. They made screen recordings as well as audio recordings to help others learn!
As a 2nd grade team we sent out a form to the other grade levels. They decided which application they wanted to learn more about. After every grade level had signed up, our kids went from classroom to classroom to present and to help others understand how the technology we utilize at school enhances life and makes learning fun!