Second graders spent a week completing a cross curricular unit where they learned the history of US Presidents. Through the use of technology, literature and writing, students completed many activities learning about our presidents. The students completed a Lapbooks project to go along with their studies.
Second grade students worked on a “Birds” PBL (Project Based Learning) unit in which the children learned all about birds through literature, writing, interactive construction of birdhouses, and art. The students used texts and technology to research their favorite bird and write a bird report. The students presented their final projects during our School Maker’s Faire on March 9th.
If you’ve been following along over the past several weeks here on the blog, then you’ve seen these fourth graders learning about animals and their habitats. You’ve seen them create imaginary animals and understand what their habitats would have to contain in order for them to survive. These photos are of these students now creating these habitats for their animals. This ongoing project has touched on studies in science, math, reading and social studies and has kept these students engaged in the learning process.
Students in third and fourth grades are working together in Collaborative Literature Groups. Students picked from six different books from several different genres that all center around animals. They are learning about the many components of literature including plot, characterization, point of view, vocabulary, summarization, and main idea. These literature groups are allowing students to work with other grade levels and think in new ways.
Last semester, students in third grade read the novel The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. As a culminating activity, students were asked to choose a project to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. Projects ranged from 3D models, illustrated time lines, posters, and YouTube videos. The class finished the unit by cooking with chocolate.
A small group of third grade students created a video of a literature circle for the rest of the class to watch. Literature circles are a way of discussing what is being read. It’s a demonstration of comprehension and a way of connecting with the text. The video showed the class what a literature circle should look like. The other students in the room are now holding their own literature circles based on the instructional video.