To finish up our social studies unit on Communities, the second grade students went on a field trip to visit places in our community. We visited the Springville Museum of Art, the Springville City Park, and the Springville Library. At the museum we had some community heroes that taught us a lot of fun things about art. At the library we got to meet another community hero, Mrs. Ledingham. Mrs. Ledingham is the grandma of our very own 2nd grade Mustang- Cambrie! Mrs.
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Our second grade students were so excited to have Mr. Mayberry come and visit us. Mr. Mayberry is a community hero. He is a member of the Springville Fire Department. He is also the dad of our very own 2nd grade Mustang- Sawyer! We loved learning about firefighters and fire engines. Thank you Mr. Mayberry!!
Mrs. James’s 6th grade class had Talk Like a Pirate Day. We were able to dress up like pirates and give ourselves pirate names. We also did fun games and activities.
The first activity was The Cursed Black Jar. We had to try and figure out why we could pour water in, but not get a lot of water out of the cursed jar. We tried sneaking up on it and looking into it, squeezing it, and shaking it upside down. We tested a ton of ideas but we could not figure out why water was not coming out.
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…..