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!
In 2nd grade at SJDS, we are involved in a lot of hands on science activities and experiments. As part of our animal science unit on life cycles, the students were able to observe and record the metamorphoses of the caterpillar and tadpole. The students observed and logged the changes that they saw each day. On the day the butterflies emerged, we celebrated by releasing them and enjoying butterfly shaped cakes. We were also excited to see that our praying mantis's hatched from their egg on the same day! The students learn so many things by experiencing science first hand!
The 2nd grade students are studying plant life for their science unit this month. Among the many hands-on activities we did, the students planted their own flower seeds. The students journaled their observations once a week and compared their results with each other. They discussed why some seeds sprouted sooner than others. The students also planted and observed the growth process from several types of vegetables using various experiments. The kids had a great time learning about plant life and the process of how things need to be nurtured and cared for in order to thrive.