Mrs. Hofmann's Second Grade

Mrs. Hofmann's Second Grade

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our Week

Claire's mom was our Mystery Reader on Friday. She read a cute book called Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail.

Omar during his Star Student week.
Nataley during her Star Student week.

Last week we got to have our October meeting with our Fourth Grade Buddies. We had lots of fun doing candy corn math together!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Peaches and Catapults!

We had another fun week in second grade! We finished our reading of James and the Giant Peach, one of my all-time favorite books! It has so many rich words and lots of adventure, which make it the perfect beginning of the year read aloud to capture the interest of second graders. To celebrate finishing the book, the students wrote their opinions of James and the Giant Peach, and got to have a peach slice while they worked.

We also continued our science/writing unit on forces and motion. The students worked in small groups to design and build catapults using basic materials, including a spoon, rubber band, wood, and tape. Then they used ping pong balls and cotton balls to determine which would travel farthest. This was our third and final experiment and lab report, so the students were definitely more comfortable writing like scientists. They included a hypothesis, materials/procedure, experiment data, and results/conclusion in their lab reports. The kids were very excited to show off their catapults! You have some very creative children!

We also had our first Mystery Reader visit the classroom on Friday! We have just begun our study of the mystery genre, so the kids were excited to listen to the clues that our Mystery Reader gave.
Kaiden's mom, Mrs. Deck, was our first Mystery Reader of the year!
Here's a picture of Sarah during her week as our Star Student!