The 2nd Grade took a wonderful boat ride up the East River in a NYC Water Taxi this morning! We were able to take in NYC’s majestic skyline and many MANY bridges. Mr. Youngblut made an excellent tour guide, providing rich information!
Parent Chaperones – please feel free to send Ms. Romero any pictures you would like added to this blog post!
The Leaping Lemurs have been exploring NYC bridges in science and social studies! Today the Lemurs walked around the classroom discovering different facts about our incredible bridges.
The Leaping Lemurs read Balloons Over Broadway, the story of Tony Sarg who first invented the “upside-down puppets” that have become the trademark of the Macy’s Day Parade! Using Tony as inspiration we then made our own animal puppets using mixed-media illustrations.
A video below of our official Leaping Lemurs’ Thanksgiving Day Parade!
The Leaping Lemurs are beginning to explore the different types of bridges: (1) arch, (2) beam, (3) suspension, and (4) truss bridges. They worked hard to label the different parts of the bridges in science.
In the next few days the 2nd grade will be looking at the bridges of New York City in their classrooms through our social studies unit, as well as seeing them up close on the New York Water Taxi trip!
The Leaping Lemurs visited the 4JC Brooklyn 1776: Living Museum this morning! The fourth recreated the Brooklyn of 1776 and portrayed roles as glassblowers, millers, bakers, apothecaries, among others. They then gave us a special performance of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere!
Erin (Maeve’s mom) read Only One Woof by James Herriot to the Leaping Lemurs this morning, a story about a cheerful but always silent sheep dog…that is until the sheep dog trials! She shared with us that James Herriot was one of her favorite authors as a child and a big inspiration in her choosing to become a veterinarian!
The Leaping Lemurs had a variety of questions for Erin, the biggest being what the ratio is between dog and human years. I sense a challenging math problem coming about!
Maeve brought in her brother, Finn’s, ant farm! The ants arrive in the mail and they poured them into the . Maeve and Finn dug “starting tunnels” for the ants and the ants continue to dig from there. They are all “harvester ants,” or “worker ants.” Maeve’s observations have led her to conclude that at night the ants crawl into their “sleeping chambers.”
Mackenzie brought in a family picture from this summer! She introduced us to her first, second, AND third cousins!
Rafi brought in a swan made out of glass from Sweden for Talk and Teach this week! There are many doves in Sweden, Rafi shared with us, and it brings fond memories of their Swedish home away from home.
Lucy informed us that tennis balls were first made in the 15th century and were originally white in color! But in 1952, in order for people to see the tennis ball on TV, they made the tennis ball an optic yellow color! The ball is hollow inside and is designed to be “aerodynamic.”
Duke brought in a diwa lamp he had made in Kindergarten in honor of our Diwali celebration this past week! He had painted and decorated the lamp, and worked very hard on it.
This morning Lauren (Lucy’s mom!) read the picture book If I Built a House to the Leaping Lemurs, in which Jack builds the house of his dreams , complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide!
The Leaping Lemurs have been testing the strength of different shapes in their structures unit!