Welcome to 2nd Grade! My name is Roni Hawkins and this is my fourth year teaching 2nd grade at Jefferson Elementary. I began teaching in 2000 in Hays, MT at the Hays/Lodgepole Junior High. I also taught 5th grade in Browning before returning to my hometown to be close to family. Prior to moving into 2nd grade, I worked with the Indian Education For All team for the district. My husband Zach and I have two boys. Andrew is a 3rd grader at Bryant Elementary and Eli will be starting Kindergarten this year!
In this classroom we will have lots of fun, become wonderful writers, create amazing artwork, and learn a lot!
We will strive to always follow our Jefferson Universals!
Today we had great fun celebrating tomorrow’s Cat-Griz game. Students wrote an opinion piece about which team they liked and why, we created a class graph voting for our favorite team. We then used our graph to practice math concepts such as greater than/less than, comparison word problems, and adding and subtracting equations. It was a fun way to practice our math and writing skills! May the best team win and Go Cats!
This week we read a story called The Ugly Vegetables which is about a young girl who is disappointed when her mom plants a Chinese vegetable garden, all the neighbors plant beautiful flowers and they have “ugly yucky vegetables”. We made our own “Ugly Vegetable” soup, full of different kinds of vegetables including carrots, celery, onions, broccoli, bok choy, potatoes, green beans, and a rutabaga. Even though it was still a little crunchy at the end of the day, the students loved it and ate every last bit! So if your kiddo comes home and says they don’t like vegetables, I’d have to disagree!!
Well we survived Halloween! We had a fun and exciting day! Here are a few pictures of our scary stories we wrote, our candy corn science experiment, and the class all decked out in their costumes. It was a fun day, thanks to everyone for the help with the yummy fruit and for helping out with our party!!
Check out our new flexible seating in 2nd grade! Students now have more choices of where they sit in the classroom. Students can choose whether to sit, stand, kneel at a low table, or sit on the floor to do their work. The idea of flexible seating is to allow students to decide for themselves where they will learn best. As long as they are engaged and working, they get to decide where they are sitting! So far it is working great and the students enjoy being in charge of their learning!
Today we had our first art lesson with Mrs. Sielbach. Here is what she had to say about our lesson:
Children are creative builders, architects and artists! In this art lesson students build “houses with blocks and translate their buildings into drawings. Color is added with primary colors of oil pastel, which students blend to create many other colors. Students cut out their houses and add them to the community. This lesson reinforces knowledge about shapes and color mixing, as well as giving students an opportunity to creatively express ideas about houses and communities.
Today we had a great time working with our kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Putnam’s class. We learned what makes a leave green and why it changes color in the fall. Then students worked with their buddy to identify characteristics of their leaf such as size, shape, color, and the number of veins. After students completed their information sheet and “named” their leaf, they got to create their own leaf using a coffee filter and water colors which will be put together in a buddy tree display in the hallway. It was a great way to finish off our Monday!!