Mrs. Rodriguez’s second grade students have been working on a fun and exciting project – both in class and at home.
Each student was given one lunch-sized brown paper bag. They each also got to choose one of the following items: a pipe cleaner, googly eyes, letters or felt.
Students were then given five days and asked to create a “pet” at home, using the given materials as well as any “good junk” that they could find around their house. They were allowed to use any item except for food to construct their pets.
The students returned to school with amazing and extremely creative brown-bag pets. It was clear that the children worked hard on their creations, and they were proud of them as well. While each pet was very different, they shared some similarities due to the materials that were given to them in the classroom.
The pet project wasn’t just a creative art project. It was for math too!
Special guest Mrs. Lynn Connelly, Mrs. Rodriguez’s sister, recently retired from teaching in Ohio. Mrs. Connelly visited Tucson and came to our school to teach a lesson to Mrs. Rodriguez’s students on comparing and contrasting their pets.
Students learned what attributes are – features, characteristics or objects closely associated with or belonging to a specific thing. Learning about attributes helps teach how to sort objects. Students tied the definition of attributes to their own pets and their classmates’ pets.
Students were then asked to determine distinguishing characteristics of their pets while being able to compare and contrast them.
During the lesson, students also learned to look for any patterns noticed with the pets. This also ties into math – learning to look for patterns helps with so many math skills.
The students had a wonderful time participating and were very engaged in the entire pet project – from constructing their creative pets to comparing and contrasting them with others classmates’ pets.
Excellent work, second graders!