My second grade class has been very busy
doing a variety of fall related activities this first semester.
We started out by doing a KWL about Johnny Appleseed. Next, we
read the Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki. I also read
other versions of Johnny Appleseed to the class and we added to
our KWL. Two of our favorite versions were Johnny Appleseed
by Steven Kellog and Johnny Appleseed and the Bears by
David Novak. We went to the web site
take a quiz about Aliki’s version of Johnny Appleseed.
All the second graders brought 4 apples to
school. We used the apples to do sorting, patterning and
counting activities. Then the next day my husband came to school
with his apple press and he had all the children help make apple
cider! Mmmmm good! A few days later we used the left over apples
to make apple sauce. Then the children picked one activity and
did a sequence writing project.
To celebrate Fall I read When Autumn
Comes by Robert Maas, a great book to make connections. Then
I read and used parts of Haiku : Asian arts & crafts for
creative kids by Patricia Donegan to teach children how to
write Haikus. After doing several of the preliminary activities
suggested in the book the children were ready to try writing
fall Haikus. Once the poems were written and edited the children
typed them on the computer using Microsoft Word. Then they
painted a watercolor picture to go along with the haiku.
My animal is the skunk. It is
a mammal. My animal eats small animals like bugs. It also eats
fruit, and leaves. It lives in burrows, forests, and grasslands.
In the city they live under porches or under buildings. Mommy
skunks make milk for the babies. An animal that might eat my
animal is the horned owl. The skunk is black and white and the
size of a cat. It has a bushy tail, small eyes, small ears, and
a pointed nose.
Skunks are the smelliest
mammals. They spray their enemies. Skunks are usually quiet.
Sometimes they make whistling and screeching noises. In the
morning skunks go back to their burrows. They go to sleep until
it gets dark. That’s what I learned about the skunk. By Ashton
Skunks by Patricia Whitehouse
The Misunderstood Skunk By Lilo Hess
New York State Standards
The Arts Standard 1 Creating, Performing,
and Participating in the Arts
English Language Arts Standard 1 Language
for Information and Understanding Standard 2 Language for
Literary Response and _Expression Standard 4 Language for Social
Math Science and Technology Standard 5