My students love the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Williems. They always ask me to read those books to them and are constantly checking those books out of the library. It is awesome to see them so excited about reading. Today we made our very own Piggie and Gerald and had a lot of fun doing it!
Battle of the Books is a program to get kids reading. Not only books they like, but good books they might not pick up because they are outside their normal reading interests. Students are given a list of 20 books. They can read as many as they want. Reading all of them is not required. They may read the books themselves, listen to the books from a digital platform such as audible or a CD, or a parent or other person may read the books to them. They are placed on teams and in March or April, in a trivia style tournament they battle.
Our second grade students recently had some special visitors. The Rain Forest Van (from the Living Planet Aquarium) brought several animals to show our students. They taught us all about different continents and the animals that live there. We got to touch a cockroach, some different snakes, and a lizard. We also got to meet a very loud bird. Thank you Living Planet Aquarium!
At school this past week we did a really fun activity. It was called, “The Escape Classroom.” First we all had to figure out who was in each group. In order to do that we all got different words. On the tables were antonyms for that word. That was how we got into groups. Now, here comes the hard part. We got our first clue to escape. We were all so confused. We had never done this before! Our group thought we were right so we would go and check and…..
Today students were encouraged to walk to school or ride their bikes or scooters as we finished off our Health Week. Lots of students and their parents participated! The kids had fun running through the obstacle course, too, and the rain held off just perfectly! Students also wore exercise or sport clothing to remind them to be healthy.