Our young learners continue to succeed in their adventures in second grade.
We have learned a lot about Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges this past month.
Both individuals had extraordinary lives that taught us how to be both brave
and compassionate in the face of uncommon adversity. Our second graders
learned about the importance of the Underground Railroad and how many
people helped to secretly house African-American slaves as they escaped toward
freedom. Ruby Bridges helped us learn about integration and the struggles that
African-Americans faced as our country moved closer to providing equality and
justice for all.
The second graders have been challenging themselves to learn a variety of ways
to solve their math problems. We have learned several foundational strategies such
as arrow way, tape diagrams, new groups below, and place value charts to compose
and decompose numbers when adding and subtracting three digit numbers.
These skills and mathematical tools enhance each student’s learning and will help
them persevere with more math problems in future grades.
The second graders have had a delightful time learning about Salvador Dali.
The second grade social studies and language arts program are innovatively
designed to integrate the skills of reading, writing, and listening with the
merging of historical research of renowned artists. This last month, we have
turned our attention to Salvador Dali and his style of Surrealism.
The second graders know that surrealist art takes common everyday objects
and infuses them with a strange or dreamlike quality. Our young scholars have
written reports about Dali with facts about his tragic young life, his fear of
mundane objects, and his fascinating obsession with receiving absurd attention.
Each second grader also attempted to express their own surrealist style by painting
their own version of Dali’s iconic “Persistence of Memory.”