Friday, January 30, 2015

Writing Celebration #resvt #CamelsHumpMS #TCRWP

Second graders are authors! Today students shared their informational books with their fifth grade buddies from Camels Hump Middle School. This was second grade's writing celebration, where we celebrated the hard work, perseverance, knowledge, and the completion of another published piece. Thank you to our fifth grade buddies who made a terrific audience!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free Family Movie Night

All of this cold weather found you wondering what to do this weekend?  Bring the free popcorn you received in your home/school folder and....

Grab your sleeping bags or blankets and camp out on the RES gym floor for …
A Free Family Movie Night
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Everything will be AWESOME when we view The LEGO Movie together as a community!

We hope you can join us!
Friday, January 30th at 6:30 PM
Popcorn & Drinks will be available
*Please bring your own water bottles and cups!*
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Reading Detectives! #resvt #resreads

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to wake up with stripes one day? Well in A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon, Camilla Cream does just that! Our second grade scholars discussed character traits of Camilla Cream. They claimed she was: brave, scared, sad, and afraid. Students then found evidence from the book to support the character trait of their choice. We have some terrific reading detectives! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Second Grade Library Classes: Red Clover Books

 This is a guest post from RES teacher librarian Beth Redford.

2014-2015 Red Clover nominee 
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin 
by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Second graders are enjoying this year's Red Clover books in the RES library. Named after Vermont's state flower, the Red Clover Award is Vermont's children's choice award for picture books. Every year, a group of teachers and librarians puts together a list of  10 fiction and nonfiction Red Clover books. Students who read or listen to at least five titles from the list get to vote on their favorite book. Their votes, along with votes from students all over the state, help choose the Red Clover Award winner.

Scholars are practicing their critical thinking skills while they are discussing these books in library classes. Our questions to focus on are: do I like or dislike this book, and why? What specific details in the text or illustrations make me think this book is interesting or boring, beautiful or ugly, serious or funny?

This week we read and discussed A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet. More information about this unique American artist and his work is available at the Red Clover WebsiteMore information about the Red Clover program and the rest of this year's reading list is also available at this link.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hitting the Slopes! #resvt

Thanks to Mr. Godfrey, all second grade students were able to ski or snowboard at Cochran's on Wednesday! Students of all abilities did an incredible job turning, curving, and stopping! As many second graders said throughout the day, "this is awesome!!" Many thanks to Mr. Godfrey for his organization of the field trip, Cochran's Ski Area for hosting us, and the numerous volunteers who helped our day be so successful! Next time you're on the slopes, be on the look out for our second graders shredding the gnar!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Writer's Workshop #resvt #cesuvt

On Friday, scholars had a wonderful opportunity to be taught a writing mini-lesson from Beth Moore from the Reading and Writing Project based out of Columbia University. Mrs. Moore taught students about writing conclusions to their informational books. She also taught them to look at mentor texts and highlight what the author did that they could try to do in their own writing! It was great to see teachers from around the school district work with small groups of students! Thank you Mrs. Moore for teaching us a mini-lesson about informational books!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mixing Liquids #resvt

Our current science unit focuses on matter. Today, scholars explored liquids and answered the focus questions: "Do liquids have a shape and keep their shape? Do liquids mix together?" Partners received water died green and a 'mystery liquid'. Their task was to pour the 'mystery liquid' into the water and see what happens. Many students saw their two liquids mix, while others saw layers of their liquids forming. Once students recorded their observations, their next task was to stir the two liquids and see if anything changed! Most of the liquids mixed together after stirring; however there was still one liquid that was layered! Ask you students what the mystery liquids were!

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 is under way! #resvt

Our first day back from winter vacation was a busy and fun one! Scholars welcomed 2015 with their very own flip-book! Students had to list 2 ways they could be a better student, 1 thing they would like to stop doing, 1 person in their class they would like to get to know better, and list 5 books they want to read! 2015 is looking to be terrific year for this group of second graders!