Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sachwitz Sentinel #33

Friday, June 1, 2018

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We had such a great time last year that we have decided to bring back our 2nd Grade Field Day We'd love to have you join us and help run a station, fill water balloons, set up, etc...

Our field day will take place on the playground/soccer field this coming Thursday, June 7th (2:00-3:30)    Please check the signup below if you are available and interested to help us that day!  Thank you:)

What a perfect day for a picnic!  The students had such a fun time visiting with their friends and/or family while munching outside last Friday. Thank you to those who came out to eat and enjoy this sunny day with our students!

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We enjoyed visiting Mrs. Bonine's Wax Museum on Thursday.  Our students learned about several prominent figures in history who worked diligently and with great sacrifice to help slaves reach freedom.  

Language Arts

We continue with our unit on surprises as we read two new selections this week. Two of Everything is a folktale from China. A farmer finds an unusual brass pot that doubles everything put inside it. But is that always a good thing? In the traditional tale of Stone Soup, we’ll read about a clever man who figures out how to make soup from a stone. With both stories, we’ll explore the question “What clues help you understand a story character?”
This week’s…

Target Vocabulary
: contained, grateful, startled, odd, search, leaned, tossed, village
Phonics Skills: Reading longer words; vowel diphthongs oi (boil), oy (toy)
Vocabulary Strategy: Antonyms
Comprehension Skill: Understanding characters—tell more about characters
Comprehension Strategy: Summarize—stop to tell important events as you read


We began our unit on shapes this week.  We can identify parallelograms, quadrilaterals, and more!  We reviewed flat shapes and solid shapes.  

Module 8 Lesson 1:   I can describe two-dimensional shapes based on attributes.

Module 8 lesson 2: I can build, identify, and analyze two-dimensional shapes with specified attributes.

PLTW - Earth's Changes

This week we continued learning about the different forces that change the earth's surface.  W used the Scientific Design Process to explore which force causes the most change on earth.  For example, we used ice, water, wind, and earthquake simulations.  We found that water caused the most change.  Next week, we will revisit our problem and attempt to solve it by developing a model that will prevent damage to homes during a landslide. 

We have seen many molts and have learned how to label the caterpillar.  In addition, we have journaled about our caterpillars and made predictions of what we hope to see next.  We are waiting for them to form into their special shape which will indicate that they are ready to form their chrysalises.  This has been very exciting and the students have done some fantastic observing and writing.  Ask them to sing the song we made up that helps us remember the parts of the caterpillar.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sachwitz Sentinel #32

Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Reminder:  No School Monday
Have a safe and happy weekend!

Thank you Mr. Blum for taking time to come and teach our class about how communities work.  We loved having you in!

Upcoming 3rd grade students will need to complete through Level 12 on Lexia to be prepared for the upcoming curriculum.  Please use the remainder of this school year, as well as, the summer to complete these levels.  Thank you to those who have already integrated this practice into your daily routines at home!!!

Thank you to those who participated in the JDRF walk today!  It was a gorgeous day to walk together for a wonderful cause.  Donations will be accepted through next Wednesday, May 30th.


Lesson 14: Connect measurement with physical units by using iteration with an inch tile to measure.

Lesson 15: Apply concepts to create inch rulers; measure lengths using inch rulers.

Measuring and Estimating Length Using Customary and Metric Units

Lesson 16: Measure various objects using inch rulers and yardsticks.

Lesson 17: Develop estimation strategies by applying prior knowledge of length and using mental benchmarks.

Lesson 18: Measure an object twice using different length units and compare; relate measurement to unit size.



Our caterpillars finally came!  We began the unit by brainstorming the needs of the caterpillar.  We set up its artificial environment and discussed the differences between its classroom setting vs its natural habitat.

We began our 3rd module of PLTW this week.  It focuses on our changing earth.  


The landscape all around us has been shaped and reshaped by wind, water, glaciers, and natural forces such as volcanoes and earthquakes. These forces can make changes to the surface of the Earth slowly or quickly. Sometimes when there is a flood, earthquake, wildfire, or active volcano, erosion can happen very quickly and cause a landslide.

Remember the problem Angelina, Suzi, and Mylo are trying to solve? They need to propose a way to prevent erosion of a hillside that is threatened by heavy rainfall. The friends are going to use the engineering design process to solve the problem of preventing erosion. What would you design and build to help prevent erosion of the hillside and save the houses?

In this design challenge, the children needed to design, build, and test a solution to prevent water from changing the shape of the land in an effort to save houses at the bottom of a hill from a possible landslide created by an upcoming rain storm. They needed to choose materials that are best suited for the purpos
e of preventing erosion and explain why that was the best choice in material and design.

We also explored the earth using the Google Earth app.  We looked for oceans, rivers, lakes, and determined which were solids (ice) and liquids.