Ecosystem Research

Ecosystem Dioramas

Second graders are ready to begin constructing a shoe box diorama to showcase their “Amazing” animal and ecosystem. Detailed instructions arrived home with the homework packet last Friday. This two week project will support our in-class ecosystem research. Please explore the Ecosystem Diorama Links on our blog under Habitats before making your diorama plan. Also fill out the forms in your homework packet prior to making your diorama.  There are many beautiful examples for your inspiration and creativity on my blog!

Wise Owls Newsletter April 21, 2014

The Wise Owls Newsletter

April 21, 2014

Fieldtrip to the Rock Museum

When:  TOMORROW!  Tuesday, April 22.  We are leaving at 8:05 sharp!  Don’t be late!

What to bring:  Bring a packed lunch to eat on the bus!!!!!

Why:   For our rock study!

Earth Day

It’s Earth Day tomorrow!  Please, think about the waste (the footprint) you put on the environment!  Can you pack your lunch in reusable containers?  Can you make less trash?  Of course, this should be done everyday, not just Earth Day!

 

Africa Bridge

Are you reading for Africa Bridge?  Please do as this is a wonderful way of supporting children in Africa!  Read my blog for the specific school we are helping!   The reading log for this week is attached to the hard copy of the newsletter your child is bringing home today.

Science

Rocks, rocks rocks!  Rocks rock!  We have been focusing on the mountain ecosystem and rocks have been our focus! (Even though we know rocks are in every ecosystem!)  Ask your child what they know about rocks.  Ask if they can identify igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.  Can you?  This is a fun, easy, and free collection your child can begin today!  While you are collecting rocks, ask your child the essential questions below.

Essential Questions

  1.  What is an ecosystem?  What are its parts?

(animals, plants, and special features such as landforms, water, wind, and light)

*An ecosystem is a complex system composed of an ecological community of organisms interacting with its environment.  All animals, people, plants, rocks and soil are interdependent on one another.  We must take care of our world, our ecosystem in order to live a healthy life and sustain a healthy planet.

  1.  How are the components of an ecosystem dependent on one another? (How do the parts of an ecosystem work together?)
  2. How do ecosystems change?
    1. Adaptations
    2. Cycles (water, life cycles, sun, rocks)
    3. Changes made by humans (logging, building or roads, houses, etc.)
    4. d.         Erosion and motion (rocks tumble down mountains to rivers and streams to the ocean and become sand; wind moves sand; sifting, sorting, balance, etc.)

Upcoming Dates:

April 22, 2014:  Fieldtrip to Rice Rock Museum 8AM-12 PM.  Bring a packed lunch for the bus!

April 30:  Early Release at 12:10.

May 21:  Early Release at 12:10.

May 26:  Memorial Day.  No school

June 6:  No school for kids.  Report card prep day.

June 13:  Kids last day.  Early release 

June 18:  Teacher’s last day.

Wise Owls Newsletter April7, 2014

The Wise Owls Newsletter

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April 7, 2014

Africa Bridge

Second graders have a challenge over the next month!  As part of our service project as well as learning about the ecosystem of the savanna, we will be READING to raise money for kids in Tanzania.  Please read the enclosed YELLOW packet tonight and get sponsors to help children have desks, floors and windows in their school…basic items so that they can learn.  This is a second grade project that Stafford has been doing for the past 5 years and it has made a difference in the lives of children in Africa.  Let’s see how your children can help make a difference this year!

Science

We are studying about Ecosystems!  Here is the bulk of our study for the next couple of months:

Essential Questions

  1.  What is an ecosystem?  What are its parts?

(animals, plants, and special features such as landforms, water, wind, and light)

*An ecosystem is a complex system composed of an ecological community of organisms interacting with its environment.  All animals, people, plants, rocks and soil are interdependent on one another.  We must take care of our world, our ecosystem in order to live a healthy life and sustain a healthy planet.

  1.  How are the components of an ecosystem dependent on one another? (How do the parts of an ecosystem work together?)
  2. How do ecosystems change?
    1. Adaptations
    2. Cycles (water, life cycles, sun)
    3. Changes made by humans (logging, building or roads, houses, etc.)
    4. Erosion and motion (rocks tumble down mountains to rivers and streams to the ocean and become sand; wind moves sand; sifting, sorting, balance, etc.)

Flat Stanley

Send in your Flat Stanley’s from your spring break if you have not already done so!!!  We are putting them on a bulletin board in the hall.  As  you receive your Flat Stanley’s from your friends and relatives, send them in as well.  I know they will trickle in this month.  I hope it’s been a fun writing project as you get to know someone a bit better around the country and perhaps around the world!

Scholastic Book Orders

April scholastic book orders went home last week.  I encourage you to look over the books with your child and see if there are any that interest him/her.  We want them to pick up a book on their own in their free time!  By finding books that are “just right” and interesting to them, they will.  They are due April 10th.

Upcoming Dates:

April 7:  Permission slips and $ due for Rice Rock Museum

April 22, 2014:  Fieldtrip to Rice Rock Museum 8AM-12 PM. 

April 30:  Early Release at 12:10.

May 21:  Early Release at 12:10.

May 26:  Memorial Day.  No school

June 6:  No school for kids.  Report card prep day.

June 13:  Kids last day.  Early release.

June 18:  Teacher’s last day.

Fondly,

Angie Wise
2nd Grade Teacher

Stafford Primary School
wisea@wlwv.k12.or.us

 

Africa Bridge 2014

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Just One World

We are excited to launch the 2014 Read to Feed/Read to Build Read-a-thon! Second graders will be bringing home materials on Monday that explain the Reading Challenge. This read-a-thon will run for 4 weeks from April 7th – May 5th. The second grade community will be encouraged to challenge themselves by reading for a longer period of time, reading a new book series, starting a book group with friends or even starting a family reading challenge.  Just like our Great People who made a difference in the world, we are using our skills and talents to help change the lives of children less fortunate than ourselves. We will be looking for sponsors for our reading by asking family members and friends to support us in our efforts. When the reading challenge is completed, 100% of our donations will be given to support Africa Bridge as they continue their world outreach. Last Friday Barry Childs, founder of Africa Bridge, and Dr. Roger Woehl, our former district superintendent and current Africa Bridge board member, gave us an update on the former success of our second grade outreach. Dr. Roger, as he now calls himself, travels with Mr. Childs to visit schools in Tanzania.  He talked with the second graders about his passion for Africa and gave a presentation called A Day in the Life of Aruna. Africa Bridge does incredible work to help support vulnerable and orphaned children. As a Stafford community, we’ve raised enough money over the past several years to help build 3 classrooms.  Last year our donations were used to purchase 350 desks that seat 3 students/desk.  But this project is so much more than raising funds. Stafford students and students in Tanzania have written penpal letters to each other. We’ve made beautiful bookmarks and videos for our new friends and they have done the same for us.  We can see and feel the bond of friendship that continues to grow. Friday, May 9th will be the day to celebrate our participation with Africa Bridge. Our second graders will be performing African drumming and dancing taught by Okaidja Afroso, our artist in residence. We invite our parents and relatives to attend this assembly so please save the date. The assembly will begin at 8:15. Third graders are also organizing a Pizza and Jamba Juice Day for an additional fund raising opportunity on May 9th. We learn to appreciate our own lives more as we strive to make better the lives of others. How great is that?   Here is a video that the students in Tanzania made for us as a thank you!

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