One of the last home countries discussed in Grade 2 was Indonesia. Both 2MP and 2ML were treated with fun activities by Ling-Ling’s and Natalie’s moms! First, the children learned a couple of action songs, one of which was similar to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
The children also watched Ling-Ling and Natalie do a traditional dance with their moms. Afterward, they were invited to learn some steps and dance in front. Then they were introduced to a garter game, in which they were taught how to make the garter by putting rubber bands together.
In the end, the children tasted an Indonesian dessert called klepon, a rice ball with melted palm sugar inside. A big thank you to Ling-Ling’s and Natalie’s moms for preparing these surprises for Grade 2!
During the middle of third quarter, Grade 2 started to discuss what plants need in order to grow healthy. In 2MP, the children were divided into three groups and they were asked to conduct an experiment using mongo seeds. They planted some in the school garden where the seeds in the plant box were watered and were exposed to sunlight. They also planted some in a cup of soil that was placed under a roof in the garden where the seeds were not watered but were still exposed to sunlight. Then they planted some in another cup of soil that was placed in a dark area inside the classroom where the seeds were watered but were not exposed to sunlight.
The children recorded their observations every week and did this for about a month. In the plant box, the mongo seeds grew up to be big and healthy plants that were able to produce flowers, fruits and seeds!
The children also witnessed what happened to the mongo seeds planted in the cups. They noticed that although the seeds grew into small plants, their leaves were smaller and their stems were thinner. Eventually, these plants in both cups dried up and died.
In this activity, the children learned how to conduct an experiment, how to record their observations, and most importantly, how to work as a team.