Our class read a book called Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane. It was about an older man and his cat who buy a remote control plane and attempt to fly it. Some of the students also read a non-fiction story called How to Make a Paper Airplane.
All the students were put into collaborative groups with one person in each group who had read the non-fiction book on paper airplanes. The task was to create the paper airplane from the book! Here’s a look at our groups.
Next the students took their group planes outside to test them. After testing, they were able to go back inside and build their own paper airplane however they wanted to. Here’s some pictures of them testing the planes!
What is the best way to make a paper airplane? How could it be made to fly extremely far? How could it be made to fly extra high? What is your favorite way to make a paper airplane?
The project consisted of seeing how high each student could stack Oreo cookies. We made predictions and graphed our results. Each student had 2 chances to stack their Oreos.
Once each student had a chance to stack cookies, we put our class results together on a scatter plot graph.
Next we calculated the average number of cookies we stacked as a class. Our class average was 13!! We put our results on the Projects by Jen page and saw other class averages from all over the United States!!
As an extension activity, we made sculptures with our left over Oreos. The students were told to separate the frosting from the cookie and then create a sculpture of their choice. Here are some of our sculptures.
Please feel free to comment about our project or the sculptures that we made.
Students: What was your favorite part of the O.R.E.O Project? What is one thing that you would do different?
This past week our class read a story called “Lemonade for Sale”. We discussed reasons to sell lemonade, what we would buy with the money earned, and who could sell lemonade. We had many great discussions and ideas. We also read about a little girl named Alex Scott who had cancer and raised money selling lemonade to fund cancer research. The students were moved by her story. Follow Alex’s story here:
We used a website called Wall Wisher to compare and contrast our weekly story to Alex Scott’s story. You can view some of our comments on the following link:
This week we will be reading a story called Days With Frog and Toad. We will be learning about real frogs and toads. Did you know that there is a difference between frogs and toads? They are not exactly the same! Post a comment with facts you might know about frogs or toads.
Welcome to the new school year! I am looking forward to meeting all of the new 2nd graders. We will be doing many exciting activites this year in the classroom and on the World Wide Web! Log on with your parents and tell me what you are excited about most this year! See you Wednesday morning!
I’m Mrs. Rivera and I teach 2nd grade in Apache Junction, Arizona. I hope to use our class blog to watch and discuss the process of growing pumpkins! I also want to use this blog to highlight fun activities going on in our classroom!