|Mrs. McNickle's 1st Grade!||
We had lots of fun in second grade dressing up each day! The student council created fun ways for us to show school spirit and most of our second graders participated, along with their teacher! While dressing up, we kicked off our Animal Kingdom's unit. This week was focused on Amphibians. We researched important information about amphibians and created posters to present to each other. Students are getting so comfortable reading and presenting in front of their peers. I can't wait for them to begin presenting to other EABH classes, which should be set-up shortly. On Wednesday students went into the computer lab where I showed them a virtual frog dissection. Students were informed ahead of time what would happen, and were allowed to cover their eyes at parts they did not want to see. Only two students averted their eyes! The program was not gruesome and really explained why it is important for humans to see what is inside animals such as frogs. We had a wonderful class discussion following this virtual experiment in which everyone participated! We also worked on greater than or less than in Math, and students were grouped together to created a skit regarding these Math words. They turned out great! Everyone had their own parts, lines, props and really taught the class in their own way. Excellent job second grade!
What an honor to perform for all of PYP and our parents! The silly dance we would practice randomly got asked to perform for the first Hawks assembly, and I couldn't be prouder of the second graders! They did not have much time to practice, but they had a great time, looked fabulous, and were all so proud of themselves! Here are the few pictures I took. If you have any, send them my way!
Peace Day at EABH was such a wonderful, empowering day. In second grade we took most of the day to discuss, write about, listen to music about and read stories about Peace. We began the morning with a school wide assembly which students really seemed to grasp the idea of world-wide peace. We immediately went back to our classroom and laid down on the carpet, closed our eyes and listened to music such as, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, byIsrael Kamakawiwo'ole, Waiting On the World to Change, by john Mayer, and watched the video below. I was overwhelmed by the responses I heard. Students talked about Peace beginning with them, the ways Peace can be shown through things like sharing, caring and loving, and how we can show Peace through everyday actions. Students wrote these ideas down and I displayed them outside our classroom for everyone to admire. At one point, I got teary eyed when listening to their Peace conversation, one student asked if Peace made me sad, I said "No, your brilliant answers make me happy!" These are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Enjoy!
Peace begins with US!
Listening to Peaceful music
This week was so much fun! Students presented their summative assessments, which consisted of tradition, intricate amazing paper dolls dressed like an ancestor. Along with these dolls came delicious goodies from many families recipe boxes. We were all able to be "risk-takers" and try recipes from places such as Australia, England, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and a special celebration on thursday which was Mexican Independence Day! Along with tasty food, we managed to fit some practice time in for our presentation of We Are Family at hawks@eabh coming up on Friday September 24th. Your kids can really dance!! Although it sounds like a week of eating and fun, students really got a lot out of these presentations. They all recalled some great facts from everyones interviews, and journaled about what they learned.
A yummy messy cake treat from Will via Australia! (good thing we ate these outside!)
Lexie made a huge book of of pictures for us to see! Very interesting!
Kei taught us to make traditional Japanese origami! Kei's were much better than ours, but we will keep practicing!
After our long weekend why did it seem like we were all still tired! Luckily we had a short week to keep us from working too hard! Students are still in the midst of our family unit, so we created timelines of the important events that have taken place in our lives, talked and journaled about memories of our grandparents, and started preparing for our presentations.
This week went by so quickly! We had a wonderful field trip to start out our week, and we ended the week with a Brazilian Independence Day Assembly with music and talented speakers. The field trip to Camara Municipal was very informative. The students were able to simulate a real meeting and many of our 2nd graders volunteered to speak on important issues.
The assembly at the end of the week was awesome. We heard great traditional music, watched a few well spoken skits in Portuguese, and the students taught me a little about their culture when we headed back to class.
Aidan- laying down the law!
Sofia-asking the court for less homework at EABH (Miss Rachel took notice)
Our 2nd grade class in a government office!
Aidan and Ivan doing their amazing skit in wonderfully spoken Portuguese. Miss Rachel had them perform it in English after the ceremony since my Portuguese is not as good as theirs...YET!
2nd Graders in Brazil colors at the assembly!
This week has been filled with hands-on activities. We took our own fingerprints, to see if they were different from our friends, and to see if they were similar to our families. Many students reported that their fingerprints had very similar patterns to their parents and siblings. Students then took the information we found about fingerprints, to create a class graph. We found out that many more students have a Whorl or Loop pattern than an Arch or Tented Arch. Next student created their own tally graphs and surveyed each other. Examples of graphs were: Which continent did your ancestors come from, What color eyes do you have, and How many people are in your family. In technology, students drew and created their own family trees, all on the computer! Students took the information from the family trees they filled out at home, then transfered the information on to the computer to create a cool teachnological looking family tree. Finally, students have been bugging me to show them how I won dance trophys, by giving them a show! Instead of having them sit and watch me, I decided to teach them a dance and a song. The chosen song is We Are Family! We use a version I found on YouTube from the movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks. Boy oh boy, your children can dance! They not only learned my choreography and the words to the song, they started helping me create choreography as well! We are looking forward to showing our moves to some other classes next week!
Here is the YouTube link if your child would like to show you what we have learned so far!
Since our first unit is on Family, we have been doing everything Family related! In Science this week, we studied genetics and physical traits between families. Our students came up with many great ideas, so we charted them in our journals together. We discussed how we get genes from both of our parents, and how some genes are dominant and some are recessive. Ask your child which of their genes are dominant or recessive!
We wanted to see how families around the world were both similar and different to our own families, so each table group looked at two pictures of two very different families, and recorded their findings in a Venn Diagram.
Next, each table group presented their findings to the class. They showed us their two families' pictures, then told us what physical and personal traits were the same, and what were different.
Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Allaire and I am the 2nd grade teacher at EABH. I have taught in America, but am so thrilled to be here in Brazil with your children. Check out our blogs and photos to see what we do each week in class!