Friday, January 12, 2018

Genius Hour Presentations: Day 1

We have finally wrapped up our first Genius Hour!  The kids did SO well!!  I warned them that it would be a lot of work and take a long time, but I think they doubted me to begin with.  I'm pretty sure they now understand what I meant!!  :) . They did so well presenting to the class and I wanted to share their presentations with you.  These are the videos from those who presented the first day.  I'm working on another round of videos and will post once I'm finished.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Shopping Success and Letters from Santa

Well....we had another successful year of holiday shopping!!  The kids had such a fun time picking out the perfect gift for their family members.  As a parent who has received gifts that were bought at holiday shopping I know that some are less than desirable!!  (I have had a pretty gaudy angel sitting on my bedroom dresser for 2 years now!!) . But the thought that the kids put into their purchases is pretty amazing.  In the afternoon I let the kids wrap their purchases so they were all ready to be placed under the tree when they get home.  The excitement of the holiday season filled the classroom while they were wrapping!

We received a special delivery yesterday from the North Pole.  Santa responded to all of the letters that the students wrote to him.  I'm sure you can imagine their excitement :) . 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Donuts with Dad

We sure had a successful Donuts with Dad celebration last Friday!!  Thank you to everyone who came in to eat, read, and spend time with their 2nd grader!  Everyone seemed to have a great time, and I was told the donuts were quite delicious :)

Monday, December 11, 2017

'Tis the Season

WOW!!!  Where did this snow come from?!?  It sure was beautiful...but I kept OWN kids aren't dressed for the snow!  Needless to say, I wasn't the only one that sent their kids to school without snow gear.   Most kids did not have boots and snow pants and because of this we did not go out for recess.  The majority would have come back inside absolutely soaked.  However, the kids were quite anxious to get out and play in the snow.  So, please make sure and send boots and snow pants with your child from now on.   Thanks!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hour of Code

December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week and during this week Hour of Code is promoted in all classrooms globally.  

What is coding?  Coding, in a quick summary, is telling a computer what you want it to do.  This means tying in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.  If done correctly, it will do exactly what it's told to do!  

How is 2B participating in Hour of Code this week?  I've always wanted to introduce coding to my students, but have never been brave enough!  However, last year I had a student research this for her Genius Hour topic, which helped me to gain a better understanding of coding and how it can be used with 2nd graders.  Using the website students are participating in Hour of Code this week.  They have the choice between several options: star wars, minecraft, basic maze and are putting in lines of code to generate game sequences.  Each is self-led and includes quick video tutorials along the way to help students.  

They've loved coding and the buzz in here during this time is amazing!  Here are few pics for you to get a quick look inside our Hour of Code.  I know some have gone home and done more coding at home, which is awesome!!