Thursday, January 5, 2017
January 5, 2017
Happy New Year!! I hope that everyone had a healthy and relaxing vacation.
I wanted to let everyone know about some upcoming units of study here in the second grade. So we have exciting things coming up for the month of January.
To begin with, in science (and this will overlap into math) we are starting a unit on “Whales.” We will discuss topics such as where whales live, migration, baleen whales versus toothed whales, whales are mammals, whales versus fish, how blubber keeps whales warm and much, much more. We will also compare the lengths and weights of different types of whales. As part of this unit I will need your help in two ways. First, as a class, we will be adopting a Killer (Orca) Whale!!!! This is a great project that I have done before. The whale is “adopted” through The Whale Museum in Washington State. As part of the adoption, we will receive a package including a photograph and biography of our whale, a genealogy, a book about orca whales, each child will get his/her own adoption certificate and much more. The museum will then also email me monthly updates on our whale. There are about 50 whales to choose from, I will pick a few names that I think the students will enjoy (Oreo and Yoda are two of the whales J) and we will vote next week. Please send in $3 to help cover the cost of the adoption. I will also need empty and clean water/milk jugs (the plastic gallon). I will be collecting them in an effort to show how many gallons of milk a baby whale drinks in just one day (some drink up to 100 gallons per day!) At the end of this unit, each student will choose one type of whale and will write a report about it here in the classroom.
Next, in reading and social studies we will begin to discuss communities. We will talk about the people and places in our community and how our suburban community is different from both the urban city and the rural farms. As a part of this unit of study we will be “building” communities. In order to build the communities we will need empty and CLEAN milk/juice cartons. I am looking ONLY for the cardboard type of cartons (half gallon, quart, pint.) Any size you send will be great. We will then be coving them in construction paper and turning them into a 3D community.
I know the class will love both of these projects. They will be great hands on experiences for them. Please start to send in the cartons/gallons as soon as you have them and please send the $3 by Monday.
Thank you, as always, for your help and cooperation, it truly makes such a difference. Happy New Year!