2nd Grade Kindness Project

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Kindness is a learned skill.  As part of our kindness theme this year and service learning goal, students are challenged to complete one kind act this year.  Use the padlet below to document the awesome projects your children are doing to spread kindness around the school and in their communities.  You can include pictures and/or videos if you’d like.  I can’t wait to see all the awesome ideas you come up with!

Please remember: The project is due November 30, 2018.

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Have fun spreading kindness!

“A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day!”
-author unknown
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Morning Meeting

In order for learning to take place in the classroom, students must feel safe.  They must feel a sense of belonging.  Research has shown that when students feel psychological safety, it has a positive impact on their learning and optimizes their interaction in the classroom.  This is part of building classroom community.  One way I do this is by taking the time out to let my students share positive “bucket fillers” to their classmates and recite positive affirmations.  I am a firm believer that thinking positive thoughts will reap positive outcomes.

In a threatening, or unsafe environment, students are more focused on protecting themselves from humiliating situations than on actual learning.  My goal is to optimize learning by building a safe environment for my students.  I want to have deeper discussions and see more participation in the classroom.  I want my students to feel confident in not only themselves, but also confident in the fact that they will not be ridiculed by their classmates.  When we trust one another to be kind, we are more free to share out thoughts and take more risks.

For this reason, we express bucket fillers and give shout-outs or compliments to our friends.  Then, we recite our affirmations to build inner confidence and start our day with a positive mind.  Last, we finish off with a few minutes of mindful meditation to calm down and re-center before beginning our academic lessons.

Below are the affirmations we recite:

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The Naked Egg Experiment

To practice the steps of the scientific method, students experimented simple chemical reaction demonstration.  We poured vinegar over an egg and observed it over several days.  They came up with hypotheses of what they thought would happen and recorded their observations.

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We learned that the calcium carbonate in the eggshell caused a chemical reaction in the vinegar, causing the shell to be removed. The next day, this is what the egg looked liked:

Students were even able to bounce it!

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