Read Week 2017-18

Read Week was the week of conferences.  Our class made a display featuring the book Superfudge by Judy Blume, read by the "campfire," and went to a presentation by the college rodeo team.  We also enjoyed some "extra" read alouds in class. 

Service Project 2017-18

Our service project for the 2017-18 school year is to help further the ministry of Catholic Charities here in Garden City.  This organization advocates social justice with the philosophy that people should have equal access to resources, services and opportunities that are essential for the accomplishment of life-tasks.

I invited Brooke and her assistant to come to our classroom to explain how they help people in Garden City.  The students participated in an activity that made them realize that everyday products, such as soap, tooth paste, laundry soap, etc., make our lives better.  They then learned that sometimes people are having hard times and may not have these essential products.  Our goal is to collect as many of the items as we can this year to donate to the Catholic Charities so they can share them with those who need them.  We will also be making cards telling the recipients how much God (and we) love them.  Some of the items that are most beneficial are as follows:

  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry soap (powder)
  • Toilet paper
  • Bar soap
  • Basic cleaning supplies
  • Tooth paste
  • Diapers
  • Lotion
  • Paper towels
  • Any practical nonfood items

These are pictures of the our students drawing how people use the necessities that people need.



Earth Science Activity

Our class was studying earth science so we went to the playground and they chose two rocks.  Each student put on goggles, placed their rock in a sock, then (with the teacher's help) hit it with a hammer until it broke.  They then came back into the building and observed the inside of their rocks with a magnifying glass.  They made note of the amount of minerals and also the texture and color.  We had a great variety.

Science Project (eardrum)

This week the second grade class learned that our eardrums vibrate when we hear sounds and that our brains interpret those sound vibrations.  Students worked in small groups to make a model of an eardrum using a bowl, plastic wrap, and a rubber band.  They place the plastic wrap over the bowl and secured it with a rubber band.  They then put rice on top of the plastic wrap.  Next they held the cookie sheet close to the bowl, but not touching it or the desk.  Finally they banged on the cookie sheet to create vibrations, which made the plastic wrap vibrate and caused the rice to jump around.

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