Living Wax Museum

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 figure.

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

What an amazing event!  They truly deserved those Popsicles after standing for two hours!

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STEM Friday: Stop Motion Animation

Incorporating the science and technology portion of STEM, students completed a capstone project for what we’ve been learning in science these past couple of weeks.

This Week’s Challenge

Using the materials provided, create a stop motion animation video that explains the cause of Earth’s seasons and demonstrates the change of seasons.

Below are the final products:

Arctic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Indian Ocean

Southern Ocean

It was challenge indeed, but they did not give up.  Given that this was their first encounter with stop motion animation, I would say they did a pretty good job!  Great job, friends!

2nd Grade Poem Recital

Our poetry reading honoring Shel Silverstein was a huge success!

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Check out the video below if you missed it.

Superb job, friends!  You all did wonderful and I’m extremely proud of the hard work you all put into this.  Thank you.

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Also, thank you to the parents that joined us and gave us an authentic audience for a memorable lesson.  I know the students appreciated your presence.

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Class Election 2016: Part 2

Today, the candidates gave their last speeches to win the crowd and sway some voters. Disney Party even brought in treats and “Vote for Anaya” stickers for their “constituents.”

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Check out the video below:

Great job, friends and good luck on Election Day!

Now, comes the hard part: waiting!  On Tuesday, November 8th, all second graders will vote for our very first class president!  Who will it be?

Class Election 2016: Part 1

With the 2016 presidential election upon us, we began our social studies unit this week by talking about the election process.  To provide an authentic experience and using information from Scholastic (http://election.scholastic.com/election-central/road-to-the-white-house/), students not only got to read about the election, but were involved in the process.  They were the producers, directors, and actors in our mock presidential election.

It started with the class voting for two parties and picking in which party they what to be.  The teams worked together to come up with a platform on the main issues they wanted to change in the classroom.

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After combining the beginning of campaigns, debates, primaries, and two mini conventions, each party officially chose one candidate for president and one candidate for vice president.  Now, the race was on!  Students began campaigning even harder by sharing about their respective party with other second grade students.  They created ads and helped other students register to vote.

Then, came the presidential debate.  The Science and Disney presidential candidates, along with their vice presidential candidates, went head-to-head answering tough questions about real issues in our classroom.  Our four moderators, Aanya, Alex, Summer, and Megan, came up with the questions themselves and did an excellent job facilitating discussion during the debate.

Such professionalism!  You be the judge–who won that debate?!