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Mrs. R. Hodge

November News from Second and Third


Check out the attached photo of our first poster assignment. The subject that was being described was the Hindu festival of Diwali, and second graders had their first introduction to a checklist of criteria that needed to be included in a poster project. Designing and reviewing an assignment based on criteria is a skill that will be useful throughout school, and is often very difficult to do at first. With this in mind, students will be given many opportunities to practice. I hope you can see from the picture that the posters did capture the spirit of the Festival of Lights wonderfully!

You might be wondering why our class spent time learning about an Asian holiday that may never have been celebrated in our school district before. Please be aware that learning about how different cultures express themselves through the arts satisfies social studies standards for this grade band. And, after memorizing the names of all the continents earlier this year, it was also fun to taste chai and kheer (a coconut-rice pudding) that is a traditional part of this celebration.

In science we are learning about weather now. When you think about it, wind is a powerful force on our Earth that impacts the lives of people as well as makes major changes to our physical landscape both rapidly and over time. In one lesson recently, we incorporated some basic STEM thinking to make an anemometer to detect wind. Given specific materials and a brief glimpse of what an anemometer looks like, pairs had to make their own working model in a limited time. It was not easy, as there were no step-by-step directions given , and the materials provided were very basic. However, generating and trying ideas is an important part of learning and the scientific process that also gives rise to deeper thinking. Check out the attached photos of groups and their awesome anemometers!


October News from Second and Third 


This past month we have had many outside visitors that families will have heard bits and pieces about. For example, Cool Careers on Wheels brought in pieces of equipment to look at and learn a bit about up close. Children came up with some pretty interesting questions, and a big thank you goes to those who stayed with the equipment to answer them. As well, it was both National Hot Lunch Week and the Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to the many families were able to come in and share lunch during the school day-- it means a lot to your children that you take the time for moments like this. We also celebrated healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week with dress up days, special visits from Border Patrol Agents (and their dogs and equipment). These events can provide for many teachable moments and terrific conversations about what it means to be healthy.

We also had our first Harvest of the Month visit from Amanda Kellner. This had everyone making a personal kale salad with sunflower seeds, apple, and dressing. Did you know that massaging the kale leaves will break down the waxy outer coating and make the salad nicer to eat? Students also had an introduction to the USDA’s MyPlate nutrition model for how to eat well to keep the human body working most optimally. My feeling as a teacher --and as a regular person--- is that frequent nutrition conversations are quite important for all of us (even adults) because there are so many different food options out there, and not all of them are the best for our bodies even though advertising and taste buds might try to tell us otherwise! 

October's Harvest of the Month is KALE!


September News from Second and Third Grade 


Our community of learners is coming together in so many positive ways this year! The time we have spent practicing expectations and becoming a kind, helpful, and fair community will pay dividends as our academic rigor increases. Playing games is an important part of this process at these grade levels. Please ask your child for details about his or her favorites-- there have been many!


It is my hope that every family enjoys the start of the new year by mixing in some last summer memories with preparations to start school. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are concerns or questions at any point:

rhodge@scs.sau7.org

(603) 246 7082

~Mrs. Hodge







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