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Second Grade News- May 25th

05/25/18

Reminders

May 28th - Memorial Day - No School

June 1st- Early Dismissal 1:37pm

June 7th- Early Dismissal 1:37pm

June 8th- Last day of school - Early Dismissal 12:30pm-Report Cards go home!

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students learned that poets often write poems to a subject and also, have the subject of their poem talk in the poem. Students learned about quotations marks and how poets use dialogue in their poems. As students read poetry, they are learning to pay attention to the punctuation in order to help guide them in how to read each and every poem.

reading

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students learned to focus on including dialogue in their poem. Students also were introduced to personification and how to include that in the poems they write. Through Google Classroom, students are learning to type, draft, and include images in the poems they create in Google Docs. Our students are very excited to be able to draft and publish poems on the Chromebooks.

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Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, our students students learned about area and how they can identify area. Students used columns and rows to help them identify the area of a given shape. Later in the week, we took our final Module assessment. Our students have learned so much in math this year. Their ability to articulate their mathematical thinking is so wonderful to see!  

area

Science: Our scientists planted brassica seeds this week. We are using a fluorescent light source, which is acting like the sun. This light source is left on 24 hours a day, which is allowing us to observe the plant cycle at a quicker pace. Next week, students will learned about pollination and will create a tool that will pollinate the plants they are growing.

 

Congratulations Ms. Kamstra: Our 2nd graders helped celebrate Ms. Kamstra and her award for Administrator of the Year by singing her a song! Way to go Ms. Kamstra!

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Gratitude: As we enter our final weeks of school, we have reflected as team about this year. We feel so blessed to have partnered with you on your child’s 2nd grade journey. This year has been filled with exciting PBLs and learning. Thank you for all that you do and all that you have done to support your child’s learning and our 2nd grade team!

thank you


Second Grade News May 20th

05/20/18

 

Reminders

May 28th - Memorial Day - No School

June 1st- Early Dismissal 1:37pm

June 7th- Early Dismissal 1:37pm

June 8th- Last day of school - Early Dismissal 12:30pm-Report Cards go home!

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students learned that poets often use their five senses to describe the who or what the poem is about. We analyzed poems and discussed how poets use sensory details. Students also learned that poets are very intentional with line breaks. Line breaks help the reader read the poem in a certain way.

poetry

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students learned to focus on description in their poems. They used their five senses and similes to create more detailed poems. Students will be publishing some of their poems using Google Docs!  Our classroom is coming alive with poetry!

 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been learning about the foundations of division. Students were given division story problems and they had to figure out how many of something was in a group. Also, they are learning that division is the opposite of multiplication. Later in the week, students learned about fractions like halves, thirds, and fourths!

fractions
 

STEAM Expo: We are so proud of our students and all of their hard work! They were so PROUD of themselves and their groups. As we stood back and watched, we saw our students lead parents through our classrooms! It was magical!

 

Farewell: Miss Cooper, Miss Choi, and Miss Russie all completed their solos this week. This was their last week in our classrooms. The 2nd grade team is grateful and honored that we had these wonderful teachers in our classrooms. Their knowledge, professionalism, and kindness was so appreciated. Our students love them!

chameleon
 

 


Second Grade News- May 6th

05/06/18

Reminders

May 15th - STEAM Expo 6:00-8:00pm

May 28th - Memorial Day - No School

June 1st- Early Dismissal 1:37pm

June 7th- Early Dismissal 1:37pm

June 8th- Last day of school - Early Dismissal 12:30pm

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students have been asking questions about poems like, “Why did the poet write this poem? Where did the poet get the inspiration for this poem?” Students have also had discussion about why they like certain poems. They are asking themselves questions like, “Do I like the way the poem sounds? Do I like the feeling of the poem?”

 

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students learned about odes, which are poems of praise. We read several different odes and students began writing one. Students chose from a habitat they are learning about and created an ode. Finally, they published their first poem.

 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been learning about money. We have talked about all of the coins and what they are worth. Students counted different groupings of coins to figure out their totals.

 

Habitat Preservation PBL: Our conservationists began brainstorming different ways to preserve the habitats they chose. In their teams, they are now coming up with a script for the media portion of their PBL. They will use their script to help guide their Green Screens, Chatterpix, or documentaries.

 

Alum Rock Park: Our 2nd graders had a wonderful time exploring Alum Rock Park. Many students had never been there before. They enjoyed hiking among the oak trees and observing nature. In our YSI presentation, students observed, touched, and learned about different animals and their adaptations. We had an awesome time!

 


Second Grade News- April 26th

04/26/18

Reminders

May 1st - Field Trip to the Youth Science Institute @ Alum Rock Park

May 15th - STEAM Expo 6:00-8:00pm.

June 1st- Early Dismissal 1:37pm.

June 7th- Early Dismissal 1:37pm.

June 8th- Last day of school- Early Dismissal 12:30pm.

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students have been learning about Poetry. They have learned where poets get inspiration for the poems they write. They are learning the habits of being a reader of poetry.  By reading poems many times, students have learned to visualize, or create a picture in their mind, about the imagery the poet is trying to create.

Poetry
 

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students have brainstormed ideas about things they like, care about, and notice to find inspiration for their poems. Students went outside to notice, observe, and jot what they heard and saw. They started writing poems about people or animals they care about. Students are learning to craft their poems and use other poets as inspiration.

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Students writing
 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been working on foundational multiplication skills. They have used equal groupings of objects and arrays to understand that multiplication is repeated addition. Later in the week, students began to look at polyhedrons and identify them by their faces and vertices.

Math
 

Habitat Preservation PBL: Our conservationists watched a launch video this week that introduced them to our PBL driving question. Check out our launch video on our website. Students chose a habitat that they would like to research and create a way to inform the community about how we can preserve it.

Students


Students Writing
 

Garden: Students went to the garden this week with Ms. Jennifer to learn more about composting.  Students explored soil, did a scavenger hunt, played a matching/sort game and used an iPad app to learn about plant growth.

Garden



Garden
 


Second Grade News- April 15th

04/15/18

April 16th-20th -Spring Break

May 1st -Field Trip to the Youth Science Institute @ Alum Rock Park

May 15th- STEAM Expo Night

 

We had a wonderful week at school this week. Students finished their opinion pieces and published them. In math, we started learning about multiplication. Students are very excited to be learning about multiplication. Ms. Vicki took the 2nd graders out to the big kids' playground since 2nd grade had the school to themselves on Friday. We had so much fun playing with the upper playground equipment. 

 

Gratitude:

We are so humbled and appreciative of all that you have done and continue to do to support your children and their learning. This has been an amazing year. We are very excited to share students' PBLs on our STEAM Expo night. We just finished our Monterey Bay teacher training on Saturday! It was a great year of learning at the aquarium. Have a wonderful and restful break.

 

Aquarium Dancing


Being silly at the aquarium!

Tang, Winslow, Rylan
 


Second Grade News- April 8th

04/08/18

Reminders

April 16th-20th -Spring Break

May 1st -Field Trip to the Youth Science Institute @ Alum Rock Park

 

This week was filled with so much learning and excitement. Our week was mostly dedicated to our Oil Spill Design Challenge. What an amazing experience. The 2nd Grade Team is so proud of the 2nd graders and their determination. They were flexible, collaborative, and engaged during the design challenge. Since this was our main focus this week, we thought instead of our usual blog, we would share a video we created. This video has our newscast that introduced the design challenge and photos of the process. 

Oil Spill Design Challenge
 

Click here for the video: Oil Spill Design Challenge. 


Second Grade News- April 1st

04/01/18

 

Reminders

April 2nd - Field Trip to Montalvo

April 16th-20th - Spring Break

May 1st - Field Trip to the Youth Science Institute @ Alum Rock Park

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students have been looking deeply at characters from various Kevin Henkes’ books. They have been learning how they can use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast characters to other characters and to themselves.

Compare and Contrast
 

 

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students used a graphic organizer to come up with reasons of why they like a certain Kevin Henkes’ book. They wrote an introduction that has background information of their favorite Kevin Henkes’ book which was supposed to hook their readers. Next week, students will be developing and expanding on their reasons of why they chose their favorite book.

 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been working on subtracting a three digit number from a three digit number on the number line. Each day, students are becoming more fluent in their place value and ability to use the number line to subtract.  They learned to count on and count back using friendly numbers.

Number Line
 

 

Science: In Science, students learned about the Monterey Bay and the three microhabitats: the sandy shore, rocky shore, and kelp forest. Students learned about the diverse plant and animal life that lives in each habitat. Also, they learned how each animal depends on the ocean for food and nutrients. We also learned our key vocabulary word for the week: conservationist!  

Conservation Chant


Monterey Bay
 

 

Geologist Pat: Our favorite geologist returned this week to teach our students about earthquakes. Geologist Pat showed pictures, discussed the science behind earthquakes, and provided students with hands-on activities to connect their learning! You rock Geologist Pat!

Geologist Pat
 

 

Composting in the Garden: On Friday, our 2nd graders went into the garden to learn about composting. Students learned about microorganisms and how they help with composting. Also, students learned how composting helps our Earth. It was amazing for students to start to make connections with conservation.  Each class got a small jar to watch the various stages of composting.

Composting in the Garden


Garden
 

 

Rotations: In rotations, students have been cycling through each 2nd grade teacher. Miss Winslow is teaching how to use an Ipad to create a mini documentary about something in nature. Mrs. Tang has been working with Mr. Woodman to help students dig and sift through dirt to find clay. Students are using the clay to make pinch pots. Rylan has been working with students on the green screen app DoInk!

Rotations


Rotations with iPads


Recording video


Garden
 

 

School Wide Morning Meeting: Six of our very own 2nd graders, Kenley, Kaylee, Connor, Janaki, Ruhi, and Vikram, led our school wide morning meeting. Their focus was ocean animals, since we had just visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We are so proud of their leadership this week!

Winslow with students



Stewart with students
 


Second Grade News- March 23rd

03/22/18

 

Reminders

April 2nd - Field Trip to Montalvo

April 16th-20th - Spring Break

May 1st - Field Trip to the Youth Science Institute @ Alum Rock Park

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, we have been doing an author study on Kevin Henkes who has written books like Chrysanthemum and A Weekend with Wendell. In his books, students are learning about problems characters go through and the lessons they learn.

mice
 

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students have been learning the difference between fact and opinion. They have been using graphic organizers to help them organize their reasons for their opinion pieces. Next week, they will write an opinion piece on their favorite Kevin Henkes book and support their opinions with evidence from the book.

What is a fact?
 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students took our third trimester quarterly math test. We are proud of all of their learning. We started Module 10 in math. Students have started to learn how to subtract a two digit number from a three digit number on a number line.

Number Line
 

Monterey Bay Aquarium: On Tuesday, we had a whirlwind of a field trip. Even though the bus ride was long, students were excited and so joyful about their time at the aquarium. This field trip was the launch for our next PBL. Students will be learning about the three microhabitats (Sandy Shore, Rocky Shore, and the Kelp Forest) in the Monterey Bay. They will take on the conservationist role and come up with ways to tell the community about preservation of habitats. Check out our photo album on the right! We so appreciate all the 2nd grade parent volunteers! 

Tang, Stewart, Winslow
 


Second Grade News- March 11th

03/12/18

 

Reminders

March 13th and 14th- Minimum Days- Parent Teacher Conferences

March 15th and 16th- No School

March 20th- Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students have been working on their nonfiction published piece. They are busy rewriting their published pieces with table of contents, diagrams, and even glossaries! It will be wonderful to read their final pieces.

 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students have been adding three digit numbers on the number line. They have been learning how to regroup 10s for hundreds. Adding three digit numbers on a number line is a difficult concept, but our 2nd graders continue to persevere!

Adding 3-digit numbers
 

Science and Design Challenge: Our students participated in an erosion design challenge. Students sketched out their ideas for erosion prevention. Collaboratively they worked in groups to come up with a final design and eventually built their design. On Friday, we tested their designs. All groups successfully prevented or slowed down erosion. We are so proud of our scientists and engineers.

Science and Design Challenge



Erosion
 

Green Screens: Our 2nd grade Newscasters wrote their newscasts on a fictional event. They either chose an earthquake or volcanic eruption scenario. With a partner, they created a newscast. We are currently filming their newscasts. As they finish, we will be sharing them with you. Here is Mrs. Tang and Rylan's Green screen!

 

Clay with Mr. Woodman: Students will be stomping on and sifting through soil using strainers to get the fine parts of clay.  Then they will be using the clay to make bowls/pinch pots. Each class will be meeting with Mr. Woodman for two sessions to complete project. It's a great opportunity for our 2nd graders to work with SCHS teacher.

Clay with Mr. Woodman


Soil
 

Report Cards: On Friday, report cards went home. Please sign and  return the report card envelope. The 2nd grade team is very proud of the academic growth of our students!

 


Second Grade News- March 4th

03/04/18

Reminders

March 9th- Report Cards Go Home

March 13th and 14th- Minimum Days- Parent Teacher Conferences

March 15th and 16th- No School

March 20th- Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

Reader’s Workshop: In Reader’s Workshop, students worked on becoming an expert on a nonfiction text. They chose important parts from the text, noticed keywords and practiced retelling the text. Then, they acted as tour guides of their books by sharing their expertise with their classmates.

Be a Tour Guide
 

Writer’s Workshop: In Writer’s Workshop, students revised and edited their nonfiction pieces. Later in the week, students started to publish their nonfiction pieces. Students have been working really hard to make sure their writing has an interesting and exciting beginning, contains facts about the topic, includes keywords, and has a concluding sentence or section.

Writer s Workshop


Writer s Workshop
 

Math Workshop: In Math Workshop, students learned about time. They learned to tell time in increments of 5 minutes and learned how to describe time using the phrases “____minutes past____” and “quarter past_____.” Have conversations about telling time with your students and practice with them!

Quarter Past 1
 


Science: In Science, students have learned about erosion and how it is caused by wind and water. They learned how erosion impacts people and ways that we can prevent erosion. Next week, students will be participating in a design challenge. Their challenge is to create and design a way to prevent erosion from happening. It will be a fun and exciting to see their creativity!


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VexIQ Next Level Challenge Starting

05/09/18

 

Central Park students interested in competing in VexIQ Robotics for the 2018-19 season can start forming teams and building their robot now. The new challenge, "VexIQ Next Level" is already out.

 

 


Whole Child Curriculum Hidden in STEM Project Based Learning

04/11/18

Central Park Robotics Teams Selected for Worldwide Finals!

03/28/18



Central Park 2nd graders competing in the worldwide Wonder League Robotics Competition advanced to the finals! 

Endeavor8000
 

Out of thousands of teams two Central Park STEAM Robotics Teams made the top 83 in the world. 

 

Team "Endeavor 8000" is composed of two Central Park 2nd graders (pictured right).

 

Team "SCI-BORG" is composed of two 2nd graders from Ms. Rylan's class and Mrs. Tang's class.

 

All four students achieved this amazing feat programming the Dash and Dot robots.

 

They used the Blockly visual programming language to accomplish 3 mult-part mission challenges.

 

The premise of this year's Wonder League competition is exploring a new planet. Dash and his team have landed on a new planet and they had 9 challenges to complete each having a theme like exploring the Team SCI-BORG

space island, cleaning up the waste and setting up a colony for the aliens they find there.

 

The final mission video needed to have a story to back up their adventures and the premise was that the aliens on the planet were throwing a welcome parade for Dash and the challenge should end with Dash rolling up onto a stage on which he can say a  welcome speech to all the aliens.

 

The team worked almost every weekend from October to February and towards the end a few extra weekdays too. 

 

They also documented their engineering process.

 

Fantasic job team! Good luck in the final round!

 

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journal

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All Hands Robotics Team Parents Meeting March 14th

03/13/18

Hi parents,

we would like to meet briefly just to get an update. All parent who have volunteered or can volunteer please attend:

Pepper tree clubhouse
900 Pepper Tree Lane,
santa clara 95054
7:00pm

Wednesday, March 14th

 

Maryluz

 


 


Central Park Captures VexIQ Robotics Judges Award!

02/12/18


Central Park STEAM Robotics Team 3rd Graders traveled to Quarry Lane School in Dublin, CA where they captured the VexIQ Ringmaster Judges Award.

 

Our students competed against 19 other teams from Sacred Heart School (Saratoga), Sandpiper Elementary School (Redwood City), Quarry Lane School (Dublin), Dublin Robotics Club (Dublin), Davis Youth Robotics (Davis), and EA Robot Club (Pleasanton).

 

This was a fantastic comeback after our Chameleons finished in last place at COIL Charter School in January of 2018. After that setback plus another finish in second-to-last place, the team was asked what they had learned at Central Park about handling failures. One of our 3rd graders replied, "Mrs. Oyola says that mistakes are gifts."

 

And with that, our resilient robotics team members put on their growth mindset and made another attempt finishing in 6th out of 31 teams in Skills Challenges this past Saturday (February 10th) at Sacred Heart School in Saratoga. Then they brought home the Judges Award at Quarry Lane School in Dublin on Sunday (February 11th).

 

 


Guide to Turn in Cover Crops

We need some volunteers to prep the garden beds by turning in the cover crops.  All the materials are in the garden so please feel free to do a bed at a time that works for you.  Just please remember to complete a whole bed and plan for this to take about an hour.  The compost is in the yellow and black bins and the straw in in the teaching area as you enter the garden.  Here are easy steps to follow with short video clips:

 

Steps to turn in cover crops:

Step 1: Use a shovel to turn over the cover crop.  

Watch the video to see how:

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*Once you turn it over- d

 

*Once you turn it over- don't walk on it.

 

Step 2: Water the bed from one end to the other and repeat.  

Watch the video to see how:

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Step 3: Spread the compost evenly on the bed- Don't rake it because you will pull up the cover crop we just turned in. 

Watch the video to see how:

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Step 4:   Lightly water the bed from end to end one time.

Watch the video to see how. 

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Step 5: Add Straw to the beds.  

Watch the video to see how:

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Step 6:

Water the straw from one bed to the end and repeat. Lightly water every other day.

Watch the video to see how:

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This is a picture of what it should look like after it is complete: