Thursday, October 9, 2014

Have you ever raised honey bees? 
Today we learned, from one of our own classmates, about how her family raises honey bees!
 She brought in an actual honey comb that the kids got to touch and smell. She explained to us how the honey gets squeezed from the honey comb when it's ready!

When the honey comb is burned down, you can make wax! She brought in a sample of honey wax to pass around! Since we have been learning about Matter, the students got to see the real life example of how first the honeycomb is a solid, then as it burns or melts it becomes a liquid, and then it returns to a solid state in a different form as it hardens into wax! Such sensational second grade scientists!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

STEM is here!
Science Technology Engineering & Math
Students have been learning about STEM and explored the materials on the Engineering Cart this week. We have learned about the design process and about the different kinds of engineers that there are! 

This year students began the school year learning about how their brains can grow and change! We learned about the different parts of the brain and their functions.  Students also learned about  how they can develop a growth mindset:
*Making mistakes is OK….that is when learning takes place!
*To learn something BIG sometimes you have to start with it in small chunks
*Always try your BEST!
*say to yourself "I don't know…. YET"

Students participated in an Odyssey of the Mind kick off experiment!