Ms. Ostrom's 2nd Grade Classroom

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am looking forward to this school year as we share new ideas and make new friends. My goal for this year is to help your child become an independent and responsible learner while enjoying a wide variety of new experiences.

In the upcoming months we have experiments, observations and lots of fun to look forward to at school and at home with your families. Please refer to the calendar for some exciting activities you may do with your child at home.

Lastly, I would like to encourage you to check our class webpage frequently as pictures, activities and field trips will be posted here.

Below is an RSVP for our first family event this year. We will be inviting all families to come explore our classroom and see our science experiments about weathering on April 29th, 2015.

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Readings:

Life Cycle Activity:

1. Life Cycles

2. 2nd Grade

3. Next Generation Science Standards:
2-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
2-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

4. Brain Compatibility-
  Exploration: We are natural explorers and we will learn about the cycles of how our                plants and world evolve.
Sensory Integration: We will stimulate our senses by observing the world we live in.

5. Engagement - Go on a field trip to a botanical garden, butterfly garden, zoo, farm or park. Tell the student that they will be going out to explore plants and animals. During the exploration the students will have notebooks with a pencil or pen to take notes or draw pictures. Throughout the trip take a pause and have the students look closely and draw their favorite thing they see. At the end of the trip have them write 2-3 sentences about the trip.
Exploration - After, ask the child to share their nature notebook and their experiences. If the child is doing this with a group of students allow them to share one part of their book. Then give each group a large piece of butcher paper with markers. On one side have the students write the animals they saw, in the other side have them write the plants they saw. Let the students use a nature guide or computer to help them write down species of plants and animals. Lastly, the students will come up with detailed names of the plants and animals.
Explaination -  Have the students share their poster to their peers. Once everybody has presented have them posted all over the classroom and point out things that are similar and different. Encourage students to find a matching pair and volunteer to write them all on the white board. This includes allowing the students to match a caterpillar and a butterfly. Identify these as the same category in different stages, such as a seed and a tree. Pick a topic such as a tadpole and frog and explain the life cycle that happens and those stages on the white board.
Elaborate - Have students use the worksheet at the bottom of this lesson to explain a life cycle of their plant or animal of their choice. Then have their life cycles hanging up in the classroom or hallway. Each student should be paired up with a student who did a different life cycle then them. After this is done have the students explain their life cycles and show the difference between plant and animals.
Evaluate - This should be the way the students can evaluate themselves and their peers. Have the students pick somebody to take a longer look and evaluate their work. Have them complete the sentence "I like ___________ because ______________." Each student should submit one review but can submit up to three. Finally, have the students read the feedback that they received from their peers.
Electronic Resources - Computer, Projector

6. Safety Concerns
-On the field trip students need to be with a specific teacher to student ratio in order for all students to be accounted for at all times.

7. Materials Needed
-Nature Notebook
-Colored Pencils
-Butcher Paper
-Markers
-Field Guides
-White board
-Computer

8. Transition Statements
"Now, since we have gone on our field trip to the garden we will share with our group what we have found"
"Let's move to explore the different life cycles of our neighbor"
"Finally, I want you to get out three pieces of paper and a pencil. I need you to write down feedback for at least one student's life cycle. This means I need you to comment on what you like and why using this sentence frame."

9. Teacher Content Background
Teacher needs to know life cycle of plants and animals .
Teacher needs to have resources available for students to explore plant and animal names.
Teacher needs to understand the components of life cycle and know how to explain to students.

10. Accommodations
If students struggle with writing they can illustrate their ideas.
If the student cannot see the board, invite them to move closer.
Depending on the classroom, it might be more convenient to use partners instead of groups.

11. Clean-up
1. Students need to put pencils and markers back in their table boxes.
2. Leave feedback/reviews on my desk.
3. Lastly, put away nature notebook and return to desk.

12. Lesson Closure
We now have been able to learn about life cycles of plants and animals by drawing and writing. Lastly, we were able to see the specific stages of these life cycles and explore the interactions between them.

April 2015


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Good Friday

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#8954f4">Look outside and draw the full moon!

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Easter Sunday

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#eb3a78">Go on a nature walk around your neighborhood

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#71ba55">Use soap and try to make large bubbles!

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#338bf6">Count the number of birds you see outside.

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#ffb255">Mix water, oil and food coloring. What happens!?

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#6039e2">Watch a science youtube video.

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#ff6828">Count the stars you see outside before bed.

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May 2015

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#0066f5">Take a walk to the park.

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#ff3c26">Plant a seed in your garden, or cup of dirt.

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Mother’s Day

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#9c2eb6">Draw pictures of plants near your house.

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#ffa839">Go outside and make rainbows with water!

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#eb3a78">Make cookies today!

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#71ba55">Play an outside game with your family!

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#008db1">Take a nature walk around the neighborhood.

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Memorial Day

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#c23eea">Count the number of liquids in your house.

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June 2015

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#4f29ac">Help with laundry.

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#e81e14">Read a book about nature.

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#ff6828">Mix colors of paint!

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#629c46">Make ice tea or lemonade!

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#d75bf5">Hop all the way around the neighborhood.

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#ffb255">Explore some fruit in the kitchen.

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Father’s Day

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#00c8f7">Blow up balloons and toss them.

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#ff6828">Take pictures and drawings of your plant.

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