Last week, the Grade 2 students visited a nearby supermarket for a first-hand experience in choosing and paying for goods independently using real money. They were asked to bring Php 100 to buy one healthy snack and drink. Before leaving school, they paired up with a buddy whom they had to stick with throughout the activity.
It was such an exciting activity for the children! First, they explored the place in search for the snack and drink sections. After looking at their options, they made their choices and checked the price to make sure that they stay within budget. Finally, they lined up at the cashier and counted their change before leaving.
At school, the children enjoyed eating and drinking what they bought from the supermarket while sharing their experiences with one another.
On March 15, the second graders were very excited to go on their trip to Holy Carabao Holistic Farms in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Everyone came to school on time and ready. One of the things that they looked forward to was riding the bus with their friends!
At the farm, the children were very lucky to meet the owners, Ms. Hindy and Ms. Mel, who shared with them the importance of taking care of our home – planet earth. They enjoyed a hands-on experience on how the soil at the farm became healthy again, and that was by allowing mother nature, rather than toxic chemicals, to do the job. They saw leaves and worms in the soil!
When it was time to meet the animals, the children patted and fed the goats, rabbits, pigs and newborn piglets! They were also in for a treat as they played fun games! In groups, they searched for things that do not belong to an organic farm such as Holy Carabao. They also picked their ingredients for a vegetable salad that they needed to present like little chefs, and bring a plant or animal, like a chicken, for the last game.
The children were shown where the soil is transformed into healthy soil. They likewise visited the place where seedlings stay and grow until they are ready to be planted on the ground outside. Moreover, they learned straight from the farmers while they planted lettuce themselves!
Of course, the children could not go home without meeting Kawayan, the carabao, and riding on its cart. After lunch, they went back to school with big smiles on their faces because they had a wonderful time at the farm!
This quarter in Science, Grade 2 engages in interdependent relationships in ecosystems. The children started by learning about plants. They conducted experiments to find out more about the parts of a plant and what they need to survive. They also created models using junk materials to show how seeds are dispersed, as well as performed a role play on pollination.
To explore the world of animals, the children visited the school Science laboratory to see some preserved animals. Ms. Madhu, a Biology teacher, very happily accommodated the children and briefly talked about these animals. It was an exciting experience for the children because they felt like real scientists!
Then the children were introduced to the classifications of animals before learning about the different habitats where both plants and animals live. Later on, they will discover how a food chain works and how plants and animals adapt to their environment in order to survive. They will also realize that these habitats face serious problems, and that they can actually do something to help save them. In closing the unit, the children will make models of these habitats and play a game on adaptation.
CISM follows the Common Core Standards in Mathematics. A lesson check is given after identifying the objective for the day. It comes in the form of a worksheet with six items about the previous lesson. In Grade 2MP, children check their own papers using a colored pencil to provide immediate feedback on their work. In case of mistakes, they copy the correct solutions and answers so they know how to solve them next time.
After the lesson check, a new concept is presented in class, followed by a seatwork. This guided practice uses a combination of two or more of the following strategies: (1) manipulatives or actual objects, (2) games, (3) whiteboard/notebook, (4) paired/independent work. This way, children are able to apply the knowledge and skill presented as well as have that opportunity to learn from their peers.
Finally, the children set off to work on their own. The results reflect how well each one of them understands the lesson. Those who need extra assistance either have one-on-one or small group sessions with the teacher. Moreover, homework is provided after every lesson so parents have the opportunity to follow-up at home.
CISM follows the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. The subject focuses on four main areas, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Grade 2, the children have been practicing to express their ideas in writing. They are encouraged to add as many details as they can to make their compositions more interesting. Likewise, they are asked to keep writing until the given time is up in order to develop their writing endurance.
Since Christmas is just around the corner, the children were asked to write their individual letters to Santa. They were asked to include three things that they would like to get this Christmas. They were also encouraged to add reasons why they should receive a gift from him, or why they wanted to have a particular gift. Read what they have to say and if you were Santa, would you be convinced to give them one of the gifts in their Christmas list?