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Glenn Heuser ("Mr. H")
Amy VanBuskirk
February 27, 2017

The Superstars had an action packed week of academics and activities; metric and standard measurement (Which three countries use Standard Unit of Measurement?)

Bridge building (What type of bridge is the Golden Gate?) A visit from the SF Zoomobile (Why is a Blue Tongue Skinks tongue blue?) and an introduction to contractions (How many definitions for the word contract are there?)

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The students will receive their Wondrous Word Journal this week, a vocabulary- enhancing tool to be used during Book Club reading. Choose a new or interesting word, find a synonym, the definition and add a complete sentence. The student teachers have been working diligently planning contraction lessons. This week each group will teach a contraction pattern and offer an engaging activity to accompany the lesson; the perfect opportunity for peer teaching.

Last week the class wandered and observed the Portola neighborhood, noticing evidence of cultures and community. Upon viewing the derelict green house block the class will be challenged with the questions, what makes a great city? Which buildings are needed for a prosperous community? What challenges do cities face? The class will brainstorm theses questions, plan, create and build the “perfect” community for all. Teams will develop city blocks using learned geometric skills and review important geographical terms (urban, suburban and rural).


Students will begin the week by sorting examples and non-examples of polygons, creating a class definition for the term polygon. The students will participate in discussions and activities revolving around plane geometric shapes (triangle-decagon) and discover new vocabulary words such as side, edge, vertex, and angle. Students will also construct tangrams and use them to create various shapes and designs. Games played and lessons learned this week build a foundation for students to further study plane and solid geometric shapes. We will continue to reinforce addition and subtraction skills through centers, Daily 3 activities, and number talks. We look forward to a fantastic week!


As we start thinking about ideas for the upcoming science fair (4/7), second grade scientists will be focusing on building on their observation skills this week. We will be conducting activities to reinforce how to be a critical and scientific thinker. Students will work on various skills such as distinguishing the difference between an observation and opinion, how to collect and record detailed observations, following and giving multi-step oral directions, and what to do when discrepancies exist between descriptions of the same objects. We will discuss the importance of observation as a scientist and reinforce skills thought various group games and hands on observation activities, targeting one skill at a time. The idea of a testable and untestable questions will be introduced to get students to start thinking critically and scientifically. Through a variety of activities, students will learn to differentiate between what types of questions can be tested scientifically and which can not.


What is the definition of an algorithm? How do algorithms help humans? How do they help computers? This week, students will receive their login information for the program. With many “unplugged” lessons, students will have a chance to practice designing and implementing algorithms, before beginning coding work on the computer.


Monday- Review the Contraction Rubric and practice/teach your lesson with a family member. Do you have all the needed supplies? Time your activity. Are you instruction clear?

Tuesday- Polygon hunt- How many different polygons can you locate? Write and illustrate at least 7 examples.

Wednesday- Describe your community/cultures in your neighborhood. What evidence supports your observations?

Thursday- Dinner discussion: 1) Discuss with an adult at home why being a detailed observer helps you to be a good scientist. 2) Share in your own words the difference between a testable and untestable question. 3) Write down three ideas or topics that you are interested in exploring for the Science Fair.

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