Since returning from spring break, there have been some changes happening here at Jeffers. The first and most obvious is change brought about by the construction company that will be building our fabulous new school! A ground breaking ceremony was held on Tuesday and the whole school was invited. We got hard hats, had our picture taken in the GH Tribune, and everything!
We've also begun seeing a lot more dads at school lately. The Watch DOGS program officially kicked off this week and our class was lucky enough to have FOUR students represented by dads in the building. A great big thank you to Sean Flemming, Eric Brown, Brandon Meigs, and Kaj Langlois!!! You are a big reason why Jeffers is such a great place to learn!!!!!
Finally, some new units of study were begun in the classroom this week. Students began learning how to read analog (two-handed) clocks to five minutes. Data has shown that this is a tough learning objective for second graders, so any support you can offer at home is helpful. There are lots of free time telling apps available. Hint, hint.
Here were some of our learning goals this week:
It was a short, but fun week here at Jeffers. We watched a play, had an hour long recess with the whole school, ate popsicles, and much more.
On Tuesday the students took a math test over chapter 4. It was a long and challenging test, but most students did very well. Several kiddos are bringing their tests home over break so that they can correct their mistakes. Please let me know if you have any questions about those tests. When we return from break, we will be focusing on clock reading and graphs.
Second graders have been studying the non-objective sculpture works of Henry Moore and Frank Stella. They learned that non-objective sculptures do not not have objects in them. Instead, they use lines, shapes, and colors to share an emotion or idea. In STEM class, they have been studying mixtures, measurement, and the properties of solids and liquids. In art class, they were challenged to carefully measure liquids to create a plaster mixture. They learned that artists need to understand measurement and basic chemistry. It was so cool, because second grade artists were able to manipulate their plaster in liquid form, knowing that it would eventually become a solid and hold its form to create a sculpture inspired by Henry Moore. Then, they painted their sculptures in the style of Frank Stella.
Second graders also created group sculpture. These sculptures were created in a group of three or four students out of posterboard. Each group chose an emotion to inspire their work. Next, they chose patterns and colors to help them communicate that emotion without using images or objects. Second grade artists learned that sculptures need to be interesting from all sides. They also discovered that it can be a bit tricky making sure their sculptures are physically balanced.
Please like the Jeffers Art page on Facebook, if you haven’t already!
If you are traveling this spring break, please do so safely. And make sure your kids read!!!!!!
Happy Spring Break!