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2-B Katie Rizzo
Kristy Hui

April 10, 2017

Thank you to all that attended and participated in the Science Fair learning process! The Innovators were well prepared, proud of their scientific knowledge, and confident in presenting their findings at the Science Fair! Last week students were introduced to phase 1 of their city building unit, using their knowledge of geometry to identify and figure out how geometric shapes fit into buildings and city planning. As part of that process, students crated two-dimensional geometric cityscapes which are on display in the bookshelf outside of the classroom. Students also completed their persuasive writing pieces and we held a publishing party to celebrate the authors. Continuing to work on their inferencing skills, students looked at various art pieces with human subjects and made inferences about what the character is feeling or qualities they possess. As April is National Poetry Month, we also started our unit studying poetry and discussions about what makes up a poem.


We're so excited to delve deeper into our poetry unit. Last week, we read the poem Aloneness by Gwendolyn Brooks, "A poem distinguishing the difference between loneliness and aloneness, and the virtue of the latter". During our first read, Innovators paid attention to the visual imagery they created while listening, and during the second listen, students considered the poet's word choices. This week, we will practice reciting poetry, and dive deeper into the complex question – What is poetry? Students will read reverso poems by Marilyn Singer, and analyze the short, yet powerful poetry of Nayyirah Waheed. “if/ the ocean/ can calm itself/ so can you/ we/are both/ salt water/ mixed with/ air.” /// “i love myself / the / quietest / simplest / most / powerful / revolution / ever.”

As students complete Phase 1 of the Community Building project, many are transitioning to Phase 2. This stage consists of students designing a blueprint of their city block. They will be required to include two assigned buildings as well as some outdoor space. As they design and create, students will consider geometry terms and ideas, such as angles, lines, and polygons. They will also need to contemplate the placement of their buildings within their city block. Throughout the week, the CCT (City Council of Teachers) will be checking in with individual students to see if they are prepared to move on to Phase 3: Construction.

This week will also encompass some discussions and activities about telling time and elapsed time. Our goal is for students to be able to tell time to the nearest 15 minutes, but this week we will add an extra challenge and discuss reading an analog clock to the nearest 5 minutes. We will pose questions such as, “If the soccer game started at 9:30 and lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes, what time did it end?” A number line is a wonderful tool to utilize as students learn about elapsed time. We are looking forward to this last week of school before a well-deserved spring break!

This week students will explore the concepts of home, immigration, history and journeys through the lens of their own family history. We will read stories such as, "This Is The Rope" and "The Keeping Quilt" to discuss family heirlooms, and the importance of items passed down through generations. Further, students will consider and analyze the poem by Nayyirah Waheed, "You broke the ocean in/ half to be here/ only to meet nothing that wants you." – immigrant. What do you think this person is feeling? Why might they feel like this? Lastly, students will read poetry written by detained immigrants at Angel Island, further exploring the experience of those who have newly arrived to our country.

Over the last month we have explored the scientific process in depth, understanding that evidence strengthens scientific conclusions and focusing on how to conduct fair tests. Congratulations to the second grade scientists on sharing their hard work at their first AVS Science Fair! This week we will spiral back to our understanding of human-centered design thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test) as we embark on our city building unit. Students will work towards understanding how to construct and engineer a city based on the needs of others, focusing on the structural makeup of a city. Scaling and logical spacing between buildings will be introduced as students design blue prints of their city blocks. We will be discussing city wants and needs, as well as what buildings should be included in a city to create a welcoming and community environment.


Monday - Family History Interview (due next Monday)

Tuesday - Telling Time- Read the analog clock and write the digital time / Challenge: Solve the elapsed time word problem

Wednesday - Family Heirloom

Thursday - Dinner Discussion: What buildings/places would you build in a city to create a welcoming community? Discuss with an adult at home.
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