New Unit Title-  Commotion in the Ocean
Central Idea:  The ocean's ecosystem is essential to the balance of life.
Lines of Inquiry-  

The physical characteristics of the ocean
The largest and most diverse food chain on the planet
The impact of technology and human beings on the ocean

Our summative assessment for this unit-
Each student will create a newspaper in the style of Time for Kids that highlights a sea animal that they have researched.  The newspaper will highlight facts and pictures with captions.  Students may also include other interesting facts about the unit, ocean jokes, poems, drawings, comics, a word search, crossword puzzles, a question and answer section, etc...   I will be posting dates that we will be researching.  If you are available and would like to help us research please let me know. Your help is greatly appreciated.  
April 5th at 8:30 is our Tide Pool Condo Play.  The show begins at 8:45!
April 11th -Join us at the Tide Pools for a day of fun filled discovery!  
We dove right into our new unit last week!  We began our unit with students brainstorming things that might cause a commotion in the ocean.  Their response included animals, waves, wind, garbage, oil and human beings.  They generated the lines of inquiry we will be learning about throughout this unit.  We spent the week plunging into the depths of the sea.  Students are learning about the abyss and the fascinating creatures that call it home.  We explored the physical characteristics of the ocean floor; learning about underwater volcanoes, ridges, seamounts, guyots and much more.  We will be learning about how the special adaptations sea creatures have and why these adaptations are so important.   
Please go to the Websites on Sqworl section of our class blog for more videos on the ocean.  
Pictures of Student Led Conferences 
Students were so proud to celebrate their learning at Student Led Conferences.  
Thank you so much to Ms. Larson-Hicks for taking over for me during the afternoon.  She took some great pictures so that I could see the rest of the conferences!  
Mystery Skype Sessions
We are learning so much about researching and communicating during our Skype sessions.  Last week our Mystery School was located  in the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge our 13th President and the home of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.  It was also 38 degrees there when we skyped with them on Friday.  BRRRR!   Check out the new Mystery Skype page at the top of the class blog.  You can read the clues with your child and then visit the school's website.  We are buddying up with the schools that have student blogs.  It is exciting to see what other second graders are doing around the world! 
We are cheering for our Mystery Skypers!  After we gave them our clues and they did their research they inferred that we were located in Hawaii.  


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