Becoming Poets

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In Writing Workshop, we are becoming our own poets. Our lessons have taught us how to use our “poets’ eyes” and observe things with our hearts and minds. We have practiced writing poems by looking at objects and choosing words that show what they resemble rather than exactly what is in front of us. For example, with “normal eyes” clouds can be described as white, puffy, floating across the sky, etc. However, with “poets’ eyes” clouds can become cotton candy, pillows, animals in the sky, etc.

Today, we worked together and listened for where line breaks should go. Line breaks help writers to break up their poems into specific lines so that when a poem is read aloud it sounds just right and read in a way the poet intended.

I was so impressed with how students reread poems that they have written, underlined certain words that should go together, in different colors, and then rewrote their poems with line breaks. It was amazing to hear the difference in their two different versions!

“Broadway and Beyond”

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Please plan to join us at Fleming on Friday, June 3rd, at 1:30 pm, when our Summit Street students will be presenting songs, dances, and art in a performance called: Broadway and Beyond.  The performance will take about an hour and will feature all classes in a school-wide showcase.

It is suggested that second grade students wear any combination of red, orange, purple, and black (solid colors).

Thank you!

“Splish, Splash”

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We started our final Science Unit: “Splish, Splash.” This unit will cover the following essential questions:

  • How can we describe weather?

  • How can weather be measured?

  • To what extent does weather change from day to day?

  • To what extent does weather change from season to season?

  • To what extent is weather related to the water cycle?

During science, we brainstormed a list of weather words that can describe, precipitation, air, sky and temperature. Next, we will start making weather observations.

Creating Moon Silhouettes

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We are finishing learning about the moon. We concluded that the moon changes each night, even if it is only a little bit. We also discovered that it is always there. However, sometimes it looks like it is not there. When this happens, it is usually a “new moon.” We learned that the moon cycle happens each month making it so that we have a full moon and new moon each month.

As a final project, we created moon silhouette artwork. In this piece of art, we created a watercolor background, a silhouette of an outdoor scene and a moon phase we wanted to feature. We then wrote in our Science Notebooks about the moon phase we chose, why we chose it and what it reminds us of.

Our Great Barrier Reef Videoconference

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Last night, we had the opportunity to dive down into a coral reef with our guide, Craig. He was in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! We saw a variety of fish including clown fish, leopard sharks, nurse sharks and black tipped sharks. We also saw a sea turtle, sea anemone and sea cucumbers! Watch the video below to relive this experience!

Great Barrier Reef from Meghan Turcot on Vimeo.