The first month of school has flown by!
In Grade 2 we have already done so much to start the school year out strong. We are getting better acquainted with one another every day during Morning Meeting, we created our Essential Agreements, and learned our new school schedule. We have started Literacy Centers during ELA where students get to practice word patterns, writing, and growing their reading stamina every day. Students were very excited about their new 5th grade Reading Buddies too!
Our first Unit of Inquiry is called Who We Are. Our central idea is, “A balanced lifestyle requires people to make choices about their health and well-being”. So far we have done gallery walks, vocabulary matching games, watched video clips related to the central idea, created questions for our Wonder Wall, and found TONS of books from the school library about different ways to have a healthy lifestyle. We are finishing up the unit with student presentations about healthy snacks and PowerPoint presentations about the four goals that students set for themselves to help them have a healthy lifestyle.
We have also participated in a fun dance workout where we learned about dance as a way to stay healthy. The guidance counselor even visited our class to help us learn about ways to have healthy friendships. Finally, one of our class moms will help us learn how yoga can be a great way to keep the body AND mind balanced.
In our next unit, we will be learning about how fresh water is essential to life. We already know that it is important to drink 8 glasses of water every day to stay healthy, and now we are going to learn just how difficult that can be in some parts of the world.
I’m looking forward to the year to come!
On Friday, 31 August, following our ES Assembly, the Grades 3 – 5 students and teachers gathered in the Little Theater for our ES StuCo speeches. After a sing-along song, students settled in to hear this year’s officer speeches. This year we had 12 students from 4th and 5th grade running for our four office positions. In the days leading up to the speeches, the students worked with our ES StuCo advisors, Ms. Julie and Mr. Michael, as they prepared their speeches.
Speeches for Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President highlighted each speaker’s desire to serve as ES StuCo officers. Speeches were engaging and candidates were well prepared. Following the speeches, students voted by electronic ballot, and our ES StuCo officers were elected. Not only do we have a dedicated group of officers leading our ES StuCo initiatives this year, all students who ran for positions will be a part of ES StuCo and have a role in the planning of events for our elementary students.
Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President