The second graders wrapped up their unit of study on matter by doing a root beer float experiment. The students discussed the three forms of matter and made predictions about what would happen when the liquid was added. They were all very excited to enjoy the treat that was the product of the experiment. Afterwards, the second graders wrote a reflection in their science journal about the outcome of the experiment.
The second graders did a collaborative activity on the first day of school. The students were put into groups of four. Each group was given a plastic cup, gummy worm, gummy lifesaver, and a paperclip for each person. After going over the rules for the activity, the students collaborated on ways to achieve the activity. This was a great activity because it required each person in the group to be involved in problem-solving different ways to get the gummy worm into his life jacket without poking any holes in either one, and without touching them with their hands. The students really enjoyed it and wanted to do the activity again!
The second graders at St. James do a landform project that ties in with our science. The parents are involved with helping their child create various landforms. We had some great projects. Some were created out of food! Some had erupting volcanos! We even had a running waterfall! The students researched and learned about several landforms before deciding the type of project that they were interested in creating. The parents enjoyed the project just as much as the students did!
The 2nd graders have been doing a study of landforms. To get a more hands on experience, we went to the Crater of Diamonds for the day. The students had a great time digging for diamonds and gems! They learned about how the area had once been a volcano and were very excited when finding lava rocks! We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then took a nature walk afterward. They are all excited about creating their landform projects next week!
The second graders were fortunate to be able to take a field trip to the Aquarium in Shreveport, They fed stingrays, and touched jellyfish and starfish. They recognized several of the fish species that we have studied in our animal science unit. We all enjoyed such an exciting learning opportunity!