2nd Grade have been looking at measuring for the last couple of weeks. We have found out that you don't always need a ruler to measure and have also measured in inches, feet, yards. We are now measuring in centimeters and meters.
In math, we have been working on mastering our addition facts 0-12. We have been practicing in a lot of different fun ways! We've played board games, used an app on our iPads, and have been using MobyMax. Wish us luck as we race around the track!
Today we looked at the rock cycle. We modeled turning igneous rock into sedimentary rock by using pressure on sediment and them added heat to turn the rock into metamorphic. We finished but melting the rock into magma and letting it cool to form igneous rock again. Chocolate worked well for this and meant we didn't have to wait around for many years or heat the rocks!
February has been a busy month! We have celebrated Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day, the 100th Day of School, and Dental Health Month! We have incorporated many of these fun days into our reading and math throughout the month! February has flown by, and Ash Wednesday and Lent are now sneaking up on us. Lent will be our next focus in Religion. March will also bring fun St. Patrick's Day crafts and activities! Check back for more updates!
We had an exciting week celebrating Catholic Schools Week! Check out our cool outfits!
2nd and 3rd Grade again received mail from their pen pals in the UK. This week we have also been writing letters ready to send to the UK.
Our school theme this year is L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Everyday!) Today for CSW, we dressed up like the career that we would like to be later in LIFE! In First Grade, we had 2 teachers, a vet, a baker, a police officer, an architect, a builder, and a famous fashion designer. Miss Hirsch also got in on the fun as Miss Frizzle (from Magic School Bus!). It was a fun day listening to community members talk about the variety of careers out there in the world!
Catholic Schools Week begins this weekend! It runs from January 29-February 3. We have a week filled with fun activities planned! This year, we are having a Penny War to raise money for our Tuition Assistance Fund. All proceeds will go towards helping children become a part of our St. Patrick School Family. Each church family is competing against each other to see who can raise the most funds! Check back to see more photos of the week and see who wins!
...come to 2nd and 3rd Grade! We have been writing book reviews this week. We are thinking of reasons why we liked or didn't like the book and whether we would recommend it to a friend.
One of the advantages of standards-based grading is that we can test our students in many different ways. In the middle school, we use a lot of board gaming to help measure students' social and academic skills. Gaming together helps to focus students' attention on a common activity and they can show what they know in a less stressful atmosphere. Some of our favorites include Chronology, which tasks students with trying to figure out a timeline of world events, Seven Wonders, in which we build up ancient civilizations and try to defeat each other with the "best" civilization possible, and Carcassonne, in which we build a medieval map cooperatively and competitively. Recently we've added Perudo, a South American game into the mix. Perudo requires strategy and the ability to bluff about how many dice each player has, as well as estimation skills to make a good prediction of how many dice everyone else has. This game is fun and brings us together while we learn acting skills and demonstrate cooperation (and competition) and the facility of moving between cooperative and competitive mode so that the game remains fun. I am seeing increased progress in students' critical thinking skills and planning skills as the year is progressing as they make more savvy decisions and increase their focus so that each turn doesn't require a lot of waiting. Gaming together allows us to get to know each other better, and to support each other, and I'm able to assess them in a relaxed atmosphere at the same time.