Over the past two months we have been learning about Westward expansion of the United States. Students learned how and why pioneers moved west, as well as the many innovations of the time that helped make expansion possible and more convenient. The children learned how the lives of the buffalo and the Plains Native Americans, namely the Lakota Sioux, were adversely affected by this expansion and innovation. The students have been making paper quilt squares as we read each story and will put the squares together into a quilt to display at Open House. Ask your child how the Lakota Sioux hunted bison and how it was different from the way the pioneers used the bison. Bison, or buffalo, faced extinction during the time of westward expansion because many people hunted them without preservation and the future in mind. The pioneers killed too many and only used a few parts, while the Lakota Sioux only killed what they needed and used all the parts.
In math, we are working on solving problems involving money using the $ and ￠symbols appropriately. Also, we have been learning to measure length using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
Students returned their dioramas and their animals reports this week. I’ve been told by the substitutes that they all did a great job. Unfortunately, I was down for three days with the stomach flu and missed most of their presentations. I did, however, go in late Friday afternoon to view the dioramas and the pick up the reports and I was impressed with the student work.
Our Spring Concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26. Second Grade arrives at 6:30 PM.