Tuesday, April 17, 2012

President Research

In second grade rotation, we've been researching our United States presidents.  The students were each assigned a president that they knew nothing about.  After a little reading, though, that certainly changed.  These are the booklets that they used:

Don't you love their art work?  

They took notes to answer questions about their president.

The boys and girls learned some new terms that were helpful in citing their source.

This is the set of books they used to learn about the presidents  They were written on a good level for second graders but were challenging, too.

Next week, we're going to start learning about poetry.  The boys and girls weren't too excited when I announced what our next study would be, but I can't wait to show them how much fun poetry can be!  Make sure that you come back to see the exciting things we're going to do.  

Monday, April 9, 2012

We are super excited about the book fair that is coming up soon at Allen.  Below you will find the activities planned for this week, as well as, the preview schedule for each class. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Would you mind being friends with someone who looked very different from you and your other buddies?  Meet August (called Auggie for short).  He has to attend school for the very first time and he's in the fifth grade.  Going to a new school would be scary enough, but he has a facial deformity that he knows will set him apart from his other peers.  This is a great book to learn about the courage it takes to be different. 

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.  (http://www.goodreads.com/)