Friday, September 14, 2018

The second grade Treasure Seekers are off to a great start! The SS Scout set sail right away.

During our first few days, we made antique world maps to kick off our studies about explorers. We painted them with strong brewed tea to make them look old.

This week we welcomed a new friend into the classroom, a crested gecko we named Luna.  We then started some research about lizards. We have so many great questions to discover answers to.

Some students who thought they might not want to hold a lizard tried it and enjoyed it. We were surprised at how soft she was, and her beautiful eyes.

We celebrated International Dot Day on Friday, joining in the worldwide event. Dot Day is based on Peter Reynolds' amazing children's book that celebrates creativity, courage and collaboration. The theme is "Mark your mark and see where it takes you".
There were school wide special events and projects and games. Our classroom hosted Twister, the Ultimate Dot Game!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Seabury Art Show

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael -- you guys've got nothing on these kids!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Presenting Body Models

As we studied anatomy and learned about each body system, we added the parts to body models made from a paper bag. Sometimes there was an example, sometimes the students created their own representations. We had green nerves drawn on the backs and rigatoni spinal cords. We had red balloon hearts and blue and red yarn veins and arteries. We had white pipe cleaner ribs and paper skeletons. We had plastic bag stomachs fed from cardboard tube tracheas. As a final review of all we learned, the Dragons presented the body models they created to their fellow class members. 

Blowing up a working pair of lungs

Explaining the intricacies of the digestive system

Putting all the systems together

More working lungs! 

It's always satisfying to show what you know!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Breathe, baby!

While studying the respiratory system, we did an engineering challenge: Can you make a pair of working lungs from 2 straws and plastic bags?

Yes, indeed! The Dragons are always up for a challenge! Everyone accomplished this task in their own way, but all were able to get the bags to fill with air through the straws. Most modeled the straws into a trachea and bronchi. We attached the finished product to our body models -- see these in a later post.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cardiologist visit

While most of us would have to go to the office for a visit to a cardiologist, this doctor and Seabury dad, Danial, made a house call.
It was riveting to see the pictures of ACTUAL hearts and stints, and to hear about the types of procedures Danial performs to save people's lives and keep their blood circulating properly.
There were questions galore! There might be a few future doctor in this audience ...

Bubble Geometry

What better way to learn about faces, edges and vertices on a sunny day than to bend some 3-D shapes from pipe cleaners and then dip them in bubble solution to see what happens?! The questions of the day were: What shape do you think the bubbles will be? and What do you notice inside?

The second grade Treasure Seekers are off to a great start! The SS Scout set sail right away. During our first few days, we made antique w...