Greetings! We covered a lot of exciting themes this month. In week 5, the students learned about building and construction. We reviewed the different types of buildings. More importantly we discussed how they are built, the parts of buildings, the tools, and who builds them. In our role play Hardware Store the students got familiar with the tools construction workers use. Their activity was to clamp a piece of metal to the desk and to fasten a bolt to it. In science class we learned about movement and friction and what surfaces allow for more movement or more friction. We conducted an experiment where we slid smooth and rough objects over a smooth surface to see which would have less resistance. The final activity of the week was for the students to work together to build a house. They down the floors, and put up supports, walls, and a roof! It was lots of fun!

In week 6, the students discussed cities. We talked about cities we know of as well as what makes a city and what we can find in a city. They recognized cities are made up of smaller communities and each community has essential services to help their citizens such as police, firefighters, schools, and hospitals. In science, we looked at a vital part of a city’s infrastructure, water and plumbing. We all agreed that water is important to a city, but what happens when plumbing gets plugged with garbage or tissue? With clear water pipes the students increasingly plugged them with tissue and increased the water pressure. The students saw what happens when a pipe gets plugged and what happens in that scenario. The role play of the week combined the themes of cities and maps in an activity called Plan a City. In small groups the students planned out a community with trees and water, roads, services, and housing. They considered how to plan a small community from a bird’s eye view.

Week 8 was about maps! The students understood maps are for finding and locating places in a picture from a bird’s eye view. We talked about how the objects of a map are symbols and can be found in the key. They learned about scaling, the four cardinal directions, and different kinds of maps. With a small map of the classroom and using the cardinal directions the students learned how to read a map according to real objects. We expanded this knowledge into our library role play. Using the map of the classroom, students changed the map to set up a library with books in the classroom. The class then had to work together to arrange the classroom according to the map. Another activity went beyond the classroom to the entire third floor. They made maps to not only include our classroom, but the other classrooms, the common area, bathrooms, and any other details. We learned a lot of new things this month. Great work Level 2A!

Students tried to build a house together. They made the floor, the walls, and the roof.

When they completed it, they went inside to make sure it wouldn’t collapse.

In another class, students worked in groups to design their own city.

They drew rivers, roads, forests, houses, and other place you can see in a city.