8 more days until summer vacay for us! I get so jealous when I see others' posting about their summer vacations beginning already. I long for those days of no alarm clocks or schedules! But, I'm not rushing these last few days. I'm going to savor every moment of these sweet kiddos! It made me so sad today when someone asked if my kids were ready for summer and one precious girl said, "NO WAY! I will miss Mrs. Madden." Then later in the day she said that she was torn. She wanted to move on to third grade, but she didn't want to leave me. She said she would be "holding on to me tight on the last day of school."
How can I NOT enjoy every minute of these last 8 days?!? I'm going to hold on tight to every single moment! So precious!
But, we did wrap up our Government Unit. I have to admit this is probably my least favorite thing to teach, but the students have had fun with it. Each table group in my classroom becomes a "city." Students apply to be mayor of the city. They then hold city council meetings to vote for a name for their cities and create signs to display. We had everything from "Polkadotville" to "Boystown!"
Each person in the team (besides the mayor) is appointed a job of "safety official." The firefighters help put out "fires" (problems) in their city, the police officer enforces rules (gives reminders when people are off task, etc), the EMS provides help to anyone needing it, and the city engineer makes sure the city looks good at all times (cleanliness).
Once the cities are running like well-oiled machines, we combine two cities to form a "state" and begin learning about the state government. We actually slide our two cities together to form a larger "state" -
Of course, we move on to learn about the leader of our country (the president). Since our states make up our classroom (the country), the teacher (ME!) is the president....seems only fair, right? ;)
We also wrapped up our Graphing Unit in math this week. I LOVE to teach graphing! They love it, too! Students conducted surveys, created pictographs, and made bar graphs using a question of their choice.
Finally, we did this little craftivity about why we had a "BALL" in 2nd grade. It was so much fun to read their favorite things!
you can read about those here) and I always forget how long they take! I compile all of my pictures from the year into a movie with music using Windows Movie Maker (or iMovie/iDVD if using my MAC). It really does make for a great keepsake!
here, I also added these cute little MONSTER bookmarks (pinterest inspired of course) to the corners of their books once our Scholastic order came in!