In Ms. Haberdash and Ms. Spruill’s rooms, students continued to work with Math Exemplars and Math Extensions. Much of the final part of the year was spent working on the gifted unit “ZooTo Do.” In this problem based learning unit, students were presented with a scenario in which the Norfolk Zoo had money to spend and was seeking proposals for habitat exhibits. In order to create a habitat plan, students made scientific observations, kept science logs, conducted research and used the problem solving process. Their final product was an exhibit that helped the public to better understand the relationship between the animal, its habitat and the systems within that habitat. It was very exciting to see children engaged in reading and research that included books and the internet. The second graders even learned to use OneNote this year to take notes and document resources.
To finish up the year, 2nd graders returned to the William and Mary unit where they continued to take a close look at language. They learned about and wrote similes and metaphors and began working with analogies. As a result, they wrote Magic Box Poems with some amazing imagery and they will be in great shape to get started with Word Masters next year!