The Cooper School Daily

Balanced Lifestyle

A Balanced Lifestyle

            Second Grade Scientists are busy this week investigating balance and stability. We started by balancing paper crayfish and using clothespins as counterweights. We discovered that the trick to balancing anything is to add counterweights below the balance point. We ended our balance investigation by creating mega-mobiles out of paperclips, rubber bands, straws, and index cards.  Students then designed and hung them in class.

I Pity The Rule!

   We’re predicting number patterns in Math this week by figuring out “What’s My Rule?” for sets of numbers. Students are learning about T-charts and looking at real life data to determine patterns and rules. We have started basic subtraction and students are finding the difference for common facts. Practicing subtraction with objects around the house or with coins and dollars is definitely an enrichment activity you could try at home.

Class Publishing

   Our little writers have come a long way since August. We are editing, illustrating, and presenting personal narratives to the Fourth Grade class next week. Students are developing powerful techniques to captivate their readers. We closely studied mentor texts and tried to emulate their powerful writing in our own. Students were encouraged to use descriptive language to describe their character’s feelings and emotions. We are also starting to incorporate dialogue to help carry the action of our stories. Look for these amazing books coming home next week!

Important Dates:

Thursday, October 26th          Parent Lunch 11:00 am

Tuesday, October 31st            Halloween Carnival ½ Day

Balancing with Counterweights
Preparing for Publishing
Harper’s Bday Celebration
Listening to 1st Grade stories