The second grade pedologists are digging our new unit, Dirt Made My Lunch.  We have been busy investigating and observing earth materials.   Play dough models of the inside of the earth along with the Layers of the Earth Rap Song (go to the "Websites on Sqworl" tab on the top to see websites and songs to go with our Sharing the Planet unit)  are helping students understand planet Earth from the inside to the crust.  Our petrologists (scientists who study rocks) classified rocks and put them through a series of tests to determine hardness, lustre, weight, etc...  We used sieves next to sift our rocks and look at the different sizes of rocks ranging from pebbles to silt.  This week we will make mudshakes, horizon snacks  and look at the role of decomposers in healthy soil.   
Our lines of inquiry will inform and guide us as we look at ways we can act responsibly and care for soil.  Please check your child's blog for their inquiries about this unit!  

The summative task for this unit is for students to synthesize the information learned and create an informative how to brochure that will teach others how to conserve and maintain earth materials.  
Some examples are - How to; Compost, Vermicompost, Stop Erosion, Stop Land Pollution, Recycle, and Take care of a Garden

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE December 12th at 4:00 
Students are busy practicing for the Holiday Performance.  

Upcoming Curriculum-
Language Arts
Reading- Identifying the features of nonfiction text
Writing- 6 Trait Focus* Word Choice, Ideas*
Descriptive Elf, Creating an informative how to brochure
Grammar- Daily Oral Language (editing marks, punctuation, spelling, etc...)
Word Study-  Review of all word patterns learned so far, Word Check Ups will always be on Friday from now on
Strategies for 2 and 3 digit Addition and Subtraction Problems
Subtraction Fact Fluency 
Science & Social Studies
Properties of earth materials, worm bin investigations, the role of decomposers, food chain, and the garden cycle
How we can conserve and maintain earth materials to sustain life

*Parent Teacher Conferences this Monday.  Thank you for using the sign up genius form.  I am looking forward to sharing and celebrating your child's progress with you!   


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