Second Grade Nest: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Stone Soup


A few day ago, I blogged about our Thanksgiving activities we did in school. 
Here is the final activity we did!

Stone Soup activities during Thanksgiving week
Making Stone Soup with the kiddos was too much fun!

Stone Soup activities during Thanksgiving week
We read the story and discussed each page.
Some of the verbage was different from what the kids are used to (Pete the Cat, Fly Guy), so I made sure to discuss each page to make sure they understood the plot.

After we read the story, we wrote about it in our learning logs and filled out a story map.
(Oops! Didn't get a pic!) 

 And here is the soup part!
A week prior to the activity, I sent a note home to parents telling them all the ingredients I needed.
The soup cans and vegetables came flying in!

Luckily, we were having a canned soup drive with our PTA, so all duplicates, I got to donate for the food drive. 

Ingredients:
Corn
Carrots
Mixed Vegetables
Diced Potatoes (cooked)
Diced onion
Beef broth
Tomatoes
Diced up celery
Corn
Bowls
Spoons

Stone Soup activities during Thanksgiving week

Stone Soup activities during Thanksgiving week
Put all the ingredients in the crock pot and set on low for the whole day.
Read book and start cooking in the morning.
Eat at the very end of the day.

Stone Soup activities during Thanksgiving week

Stone Soup activities during Thanksgiving week
We then discussed if we liked it or not.
And made a class graph! Surprisingly, they mostly liked it!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Christmas Around the World Unit!


Christmas Around the World unit is finished!
I had so much fun creating this, too. My creating time has really been limited lately because of my busy school schedule. 

Check it out! 
This unit has two main parts....
*10 Individual Countries Activities
*Culminating Writing Activities- Foldable Books

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays


The next few images that outline Brazil are the same for all ten countries, just different images and information, of course! 

Here is a closer look at all the pieces to this unit. 

Here are pics of the mini book....
Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidaysChristmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays


Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Here is the teacher information sheets. 
Display the information picture map while reading off the facts on the right. 
Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays



Here are the student writing sheets to show what they've learned.
Fill-in-the-blank, illustration, fact writing.
Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidaysChristmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays



And here is ONE of my favorites!!!
The flip books!

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Two sheets come for the flip book.
One is the book, that will be cut and folded.
The other is the information squares that will be cut and glued into the flip book.

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Cut the pieces out.
Fold the book along the middle line.

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Flip the book over and cut the right side of the book. Stop at the middle.

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Now time to glue all the pieces into the book!

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Here is the inside of the book.

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
The words/picture SHOULD match the question/comment on the front of the flipbook.



CULMINATING WRITING
FOLDABLE BOOKS

This is my next favorite part of the unit!
Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Take 3 sheets of paper.
Can be construction paper, card stock, or white printer paper. 

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Stack them up so that they are about an inch apart at the top. 

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Fold from the bottom and crease! 

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
You should see 6 tabs when you're finished folding.
The glare makes it hard to see my 3 tabs on the right side, but I promise they are there. 
And this is a side angle. 
The top flap should be at the top (unlike this picture, showing it at the left).

Now, in these three books you'll make with the kids, you have one book that reviews Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Israel, and France. 
You have another book that reviews England, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, and American.
And a third book that compares two countries on each tab.

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

As you cut them out, you'll glue them to your foldable books' pages!
Remember to remind your kids- the country pieces should stay on the same piece together, not the back side. 

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
See here how ALL of Brazil's information is on one page. It's like Brazil's information is hiding from you! 

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays
Here is one of the flip books- just an example of the finished product.



And here is a picture of the comparison foldable book.
Under each flap, the students has a little chart where they can write how the countries are different from each other. 
Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays

Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays



Christmas Around the World unit- social studies and ELA activities to teach students diversity during the holidays




Thursday, November 21, 2013

STEM Lab Visit



STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

Objective: 
Build the tallest free-standing structure made out of spaghetti, tape, and string with a marshmallow at the top! In 18 minutes! 

Materials: 
20 pieces of spaghetti
String
Marshmallow
Long piece of masking tape
Scissors


Here we go! 
Getting their hands on the materials...
Figuring out what to do with all of them. 
Piecing it all together and working it out. 


Group 1: 

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape
Hard to see here, but here is their structure. It's leaning quite a bit so it just looks like an arch. 




Group 2: 

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tapeSTEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape
Final tower! 



Group 3: 

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape.
STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape
Hard to see... but here is their structure. Almost looks like a little giraffe. 


Group 4: 

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape
Not sure why, but this group of boys just wanted to cut everything up in small pieces 

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape
Not our tallest structure, but HEY! It was a successful free-standing structure. 



Group 5: 

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape

STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape
AND here is the winner! 


Here is a FREEBIE recording sheet if you get to visit the STEM Lab!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7mjRwFty62LZnMzU3FQcGFWZ1k/edit?usp=sharing

Click the image for a direct link: 
STEM Lab Visit- students must build the tallest skyscraper using spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, and tape