Learning Doesn’t Stop – Whether In or Out of the Classroom!

Bringing Historic Lessons to Life

Second grade students spent three weeks learning about Westward Expansion in Social Studies. During this unit, the kids were introduced to topics such as the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express and the Wild West.
The second grade teaching team decided to help bring this historic lesson to life – by taking their students on a field trip to Trail Dust Town. The students took a tour of the Museum of the Horse Soldier, participated in a scavenger hunt, rode “horses” on the carousel, panned for gold, explored a ghost town and more.
Students were excited to recognize covered wagons in “real life” from their learning in the classroom.  The kids “pumped explosives” at the mine and took turns in jail.
Thank you very much to the many parent volunteers who accompanied the second grade classes on the field trip.

Dictionaries and Peer Editing

PTSA recently donated 15 dictionaries to Ms. Adrienne’s second grade classroom, and  the students are putting them to use already!
The class has handmade dictionaries as well as the new stack of dictionaries to use when they edit.
While working on writing narratives, students read their stories out loud to their peers. Then, those in the “audience” could offer feedback, if they chose to do so, by writing suggestions and questions on sticky notes. These notes were then given to the author of the narrative.
“Students used this feedback to improve their stories, leaving no reader questions unanswered, adding detail, and making sure their stories made sense. Excellent work Coyotes!” said Ms. Adrienne.

Making Change with Money

Ms. Adrienne’s Coyotes are practicing making change with money while using word problems.
Students had to recognize and understand the values of quarters, dimes, nickles and pennies in order to make change using the least amount of coins possible. To be successful at this practice, students needed to understand the relationships of coins as well, such as a quarter is greater than a dime.
Ms. Adrienne said the students mastered this process and had fun while making a game
of the lesson.


Word Work Wednesday

You’re never too old for a little phonics review!
Ms. Adrienne’s Coyotes searched for letters and words to “build” friendly letters to their Reading Buddies. The students offered to help one another, suggested ideas to their friends, and even shared the cutouts they collected.
Some students comments… “This is so fun!” “My strategy is to cut out a lot of cool words first.” “If I can’t find a K, I can cut out the shape of a K!”