Radishes

Written by Lucas and Ethan

Yesterday, we saw our radishes.  Today, we ate them.  They tasted so bad without the crackers and cheese.  We ate them with the crackers and cheese and they were heaven!

We planted them 2 weeks ago.  Wow!

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We also planted carrots, lettuce, and spinach.  They are doing so good!

STEM Friday: Solar-Powered Ovens

After learning about heat energy, students practiced following step-by-step directions to build an solar-powered oven to investigate how we can use heat energy to cook food.

Students built ovens out of pizza boxes and set them outside to attract light and heat from the sun to “bake” s’mores and pizza.

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Fun Planting Time

Written by Maya and Elise

My class is planting some things for the end of the school year so we can have a class party with our veggies.

We found a planting spot and we started to grow lettuce and spinach for our class.  We added the soil and lots of water in a sunny spot.  We will also plant carrots and radishes.

Most of the class planted seeds.  Lots of them!  We can’t wait for our veggies to grow!

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Student Recognition

This past Saturday, students from RCSAI and RCSA Elementary, Fletcher Middle School, and Bolles participated in RCSAI’s Second Annual Lego Competition.  Two students from our class participated–Lucas and Elise.  Everyone did a wonderful job on their innovative builds and creative stories.

A special congratulations goes to the both of them for winning a place in their respective categories.  Elise, along with her older sister, won second place in the 4th and up category and Lucas, with his younger brother, won third place in the 2nd-3rd group.

Superb job, friends!  I am beyond proud of you two!

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Read Across America 2018

Friday, March 2nd, was Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  It was also Read Across America Day.  To celebrate, the Mayor Curry and his wife visited our school to read to K-3 students.  First Lady Molly Curry read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” to our group.

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In the classroom, we made “Cat in the Hat” hats and snacks.

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Wax Museum 2018

To celebrate Black History Month, second grade students hosted a living wax museum. The students spent a month researching about a famous historical African-American figure to create a poster with the information they learned.  On the day of the museum, students dressed up as their figure and pretended to be the real-life wax figure! Parents and classes were able to visit the the museum and interact with the “wax figure” by pressing a red button on the students’ hands.  When the red button was pressed, students had to a recite a short summary about the life and achievement of their historical African-American figures.

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Below is a small snapshot of how the event took place:

I am beyond proud of all of them!  They all did a wonderful job and truly earned those Popsicles after standing up for 2 hours!

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100th Day of School

Yesterday was the 100th day of school. Students celebrated by working in groups to complete several STEM activities.  Groups worked together to create something using 100 items, including pattern blocks, unifix cubes, and Base-10 blocks.  One group had to create a bridge using only 1 note card strong enough to hold 100 pennies.

We enjoyed our morning dressed as 100 year olds.

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In 100 years…

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In Honor of Dr. King

We have a dream to make the world a better place!

This week, students learned about the difference Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made in U.S. history by just using his words.  Though we’ve come a long way, the world can still be a better place.  His speech inspired us to think of our own dreams for ourselves, our communities, and the world.

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Below are some of our dreams:

Maya

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Sasha

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Lucas

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Jacob

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Milagros

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Bella

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Ethan

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Jade

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STEM Friday (On a Tuesday): Real World Math Activity

Today, students participated in a real world activity to practice counting money and making change.  The activity involved applying for a job, earning a salary, cashing a check from the bank, and spending money using exact change or making change at the market.  It was a great capstone project to not only practice our money skills, but also experience how math is applied in the real world.

To begin the activity, students had to apply for jobs. Jobs included teacher assistants, store associates, store clerks, store managers, bank tellers, bank managers, and a police officer to monitor the halls. Teacher assistants assisted various teachers at RCSAI to complete a specific task. Once the task was complete, students received an envelope with their checks inside. They could then cash their checks at the bank. The bank teller and bank manager were to collect the checks and distribute the correct amount of money. Finally, students were able to use their money at the store. At the store, students had two options: use exact change to pay for an item or pay with more to get change. The store clerks and store manager were responsible for making sure all sale transactions were accurate and issuing correct change to customers.

Students had such a great time doing this activity.  It was much more meaningful than completing mundane workbook pages.