The Brookside Second Graders celebrated our diversity on the half day before Thanksgiving by having a ” Tasting Day!” Most of the students brought in ethnic dishes from home that came from the countries of their ancestors. They got to taste many foods that they may not be familiar with eating. This hands-on experience was a delicious culminating activity for our social studies Traditions and Customs unit. Thank you to all the families that contributed food to make our Tasting Day such a success!
Amber and Kaylee discuss what they are eating.
Some of the C8 boys couldn’t wait to fill their plates with all the yummy food.
The girls were exciting to try some new dishes too!
Zachary tries something new while Sam checks out the box filled with cannoli.
Elizabeth brought in an entire taco making station. She’s not from Mexico but she does love tacos! So do the other second graders!
Please head over to the student work page labeled “Student Work 17-18” of this blog to see closeup photos of the students’ dishes that are labeled with the name and country!
Parents that came to Parent-Teacher conferences got to see our turkey glyphs. Each student made a glyph to display data about their Thanksgiving plans.
Thank you to all the parents who came to the Parent-Teacher conferences. Communication between home and school is very important to student success.
We finished that busy week with our yearly bus evacuation drills. The bus drivers instruct the students in the proper way to safely evacuate from the back of the school bus. Here’s hoping that they never need to use this knowledge!
Two fourth grade students help Haylee safely leave the back of the bus.
Jenna is preparing to leave the bus as Jeidyn patiently waits his turn to evacuate.
The following week we had not one… but TWO Xtramath Superstars receive certificates! Both boys completed addition and are currently working on subtraction!
Linton is proudly showing his addition certificate!
Logan sharing his Xtramath certificate!
Congratulations Linton and Logan! Who will be our next Xtramath Superstar?
November started with some storm postponed events. The morning of November 2nd, we had a special visitor named Chris Poulos. He is a champion BMX bike rider who demonstrated his tricks while he taught the students important lessons about listening, following directions, making friends and going for your dreams.
Haylee was chosen to help with a special demonstration about making friends.
The children were reminded that these tricks take lots of practice and shouldn’t be tried at home.
Chris told them that even he makes mistakes. I’m really glad he didn’t make a mistake when he was jumping his bike over me and Mrs. Cooke!
That afternoon we had our Halloween Party and Parade! Here’s a photo of our C8 friends in their fabulous costumes!
The next day, Zero the Hero visited on Day 40. He got in the holiday spirit by leaving these little cuties as a treat!
Thank you Mrs. Fisher!
On Thursday, Mrs. Fisher, a kindergarten paraprofessional, who is a veteran of the army asked for a volunteer to wear her army gear to show the kindergarteners. Logan was a willing volunteer and looked great in the army clothes! After they were done in kindergarten, they came to our classroom. Mrs. Fisher taught our class so much about life in the army and the things she learned as a soldier. It was a great way to get ready for Veteran’s Day! Thank you Logan for helping and special thanks to Mrs. Fisher for teaching us and for your service!
Uriah proudly showing off his Xtramath certificate!
Finally today, Uriah was the very first student to finish the addition program on Xtramath! Congratulations Uriah! On to subtraction!!
After a long bus ride, we arrived just in time to attend a live animal show about how some animals mimic other animals. The live animals were a snake and an owl. Some of the students stayed after the show to see them up close and to ask questions.
Learning about how these two snakes look alike but are very different.
Another example of animal mimicry.
Then we went to the dinosaur exhibit and took some group photos!
Our class in front of an actual triceratops from Hell Creek, Montana. This is the same place that Mrs. Riordan, Mrs. Porcello and Mrs. Cooke went to DIG School to learn about paleontology and to dig for fossils.
How many students’ hands can fit in a T-Rex footprint?
Our class beneath the T-Rex!
Looking up at Mrs. Riordan taking the photo from above!
After breaking for lunch, we got to explore the museum to see many other exciting exhibits.
Maria balancing weights!
Checking out some info on this screen!
Learning the science of centrifugal force and having fun!
Swinging on the moon!
This playground gets the whole body involved while they are learning about science!
Science is AMAZING!
Arianna enjoying this hands on experience!
Miranda enjoyed balancing the weights too!
Thank you to Mrs. Anello, Mrs. Brandvold, Mrs. Cowan, Mrs. Horvath and Ms. Silva for being fantastic chaperones on this field trip! Special thanks to Mrs. Brandvold for taking many of these wonderful photos.
Our C8 students got some hands-on experience about fossils by creating their own in our Imagination Station. The children took plastic dinosaurs and seashells and pressed them into clay to form fossils. After a few days drying, they got to … Continue reading →
This note was sent home today but in case it didn’t make it home, I am posting the information here as well.
Due to the recent school closures from the storm, the second grade team has decided to make the following changes :
The Unit 4 Fundations packet will be due on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
We are sending home the spelling words today but the spelling test on these words will also be on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
We would also like to remind you that the Halloween Party and Parade will now be held tomorrow, November 2, 2017. If you signed up to send in treats for the Halloween Party, please send them in tomorrow.
Friday the 13th wasn’t too scary in second grade unless you count the giant stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex that “came to life” on the back parking lot. A grid and outline of these two prehistoric dinosaurs was drawn with the … Continue reading →
The students on the Celtics table are working hard.
Today the students were excited to be able to use the new chromebooks to practice their math skills with a program called Prodigy. This video game based math program assesses the students and then provides practice that is individualized for each student. This highly motivating program is free for classroom use and kept the students engaged. We are fortunate that we now have these chromebooks available for this and other programs like Vocabulary/SpellingCity, Epic books, Xtramath, and more. Special thanks for Mrs. Bowie, the district’s technology integration specialist, for troubleshooting some problems we initially had with accessing the chromebooks. In the words of one of our second graders, “She is the best!”
Check out these students on the Red Sox table.
Students on the Patriots table helped each other signing in to the program.
The students on the Bruins table didn’t want to stop!
The Dracut High School football players came today to help our Brookside second graders “Tackle Tough Reading!” After a few brief remarks by the captain, the players spread out amongst the second graders and both read to them and listened … Continue reading →
Elizabeth, Haylee, Kaylee, Miranda, Logan and Carter
Each month I try to hold a special lunch with the teacher called the “Lunch Bunch”. The students who get invited to the monthly lunch bunch have displayed exemplary behavior and responsibility that month. This is documented by the behavior/responsibility charts. If a child gets all stickers or has only clipped down one time that month (because everyone is entitled to a bad day), they will be a part of that month’s lunch bunch. Additionally, if they didn’t clip down even once, they earn a “paw”. The September lunch bunch enjoyed a picnic lunch in the courtyard….until a yellow jacket decided to join us. (We moved indoors at that point!) Congratulations to the September lunch bunch and I hope that in October I have even more!