Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Memories to Last a Lifetime: Our Last Week Together!!

Hello, Owls! I hope your summer has been off to a FANTASTIC start! I've been thinking a lot about our great year together and I can honestly say that I miss it already! Here are a few final pictures from your last week in 2nd grade. Enjoy!!
As part of our social studies curriculum, second graders learn all about our national symbols, landmarks, monuments, and parks! To launch this final unit, each classroom was given a national park to research. By teaming together, our Owl class learned TONS of exciting information about Redwood National Park. Connecting to our plant unit, we wanted to learn about, and teach others about, this special place (and the special tree that grows there!). 2H had a BLAST working together to create exhibits and information to share with the other second grade classrooms. Check out all of their hard work!
After our exhibit was open and ready for visitors, it was time to put on their ranger vests and head out to explore!
For our final writing unit, these second graders gave it their all to persuade others! We created travel brochures for their favorite New England attraction! We had all sorts of places from Stratham Hill Park to Gillette Stadium, York's Wild Kingdom to Sunday River, Water Country to Great Wolf Lodge and LOTS of places in between! We had a blast taking a "tour" of all the neat places near us! We also persuaded others to visit our favorite restaurant or read a favorite book!

 Finally, our last day of second grade was upon us. While it was sad to say goodbye, we knew we would always have our 2H memories in our heart! Bring on third grade!!
Thank you for a truly incredibly year! Be sure to visit in the fall!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A GREAT trip to the GREAT Bay Discovery Center!

On Monday, we enjoyed our Great Bay Science Center field trip! The weather turned out to be so sunny (and quite toasty!) and we had a GREAT time learning about the amazing estuary in our backyard!
When we arrived at the center, we were split into groups so we could start exploring. A favorite for all was the discovery tank. We learned a TON about the many estuarine animals living in Great Bay such as clams, flounder, oysters, mussels, mud snails, mummichog (more commonly known as a minnow!), American eels and of course: horseshoe crabs!
 
 
 
 Another center we got to visit, taught us more about the Center's most popular animal: the horseshoe crab! Did you know..
-Horseshoe crabs aren't really crabs! They're more closely related to the spider or scorpion.
-They've been around since before the dinosaurs (maybe that's why they have the nickname, "Living Fossil")
-They have 10 eyes!
-Their tail is called a telson.
-They have blue blood (from the copper in their blood).
Then, it was time to head outside and take a walk along the beautiful Great Bay boardwalk!
 

 
We were able to see a osprey and her chicks in a nest!
We spent a lot of time scouring the shoreline for horseshoe crabs, and it was our lucky day! There was a BOUNTY of horseshoe crabs---we hit the jackpot! As if that wasn't cool enough, there was plenty more estuarine life for us to discover!
 
 
 
 
Our final stop had the Owls making ESTUARY SOUP!
 
 
 

 
All in all it was a fantastic day filled with lots of great learning. Thank you to all the families that we able to attend and learn with us! It was a great day to be together!
This summer, I encourage you to visit Great Bay and experience the variety of recreation activities it has available for your family (hiking, wildlife watching, boat launching, geocaching, and fishing!). If you're interested in visiting the Center, it is open from 10-4, Wednesdays through Sundays. Visit here to learn more.