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San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

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We just finished learning about the history of San Francisco.  One of the big events we talked about was the earthquake in 1906.  It was a very sad and hard time for the city.

Pretend you were a boy or girl growing up when the earthquake happened.  What kinds of things would you see and hear?  How would you feel?  Explain your thoughts!


Ben and Me!

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Last Friday was so exciting!  Face to Face Productions came to Wescott School to perform their original musical play, Ben and Me.  Based on the well-known children’s novel by Robert Lawson, Ben and Me tells the story of Ben Franklin and his friendship with a fictional church mouse named Amos.

During Fridays performance, we watched Ben and Amos work together on inventions such as the Franklin stove, the development of literary maxims such as “the pen is mightier than the sword”, scientific experiments including Ben‘s famous kite and the conductivity of electricity, and finally the composition of the Declaration of Independence.

Tell us about what you learned!  What was your favorite part?  Did you have a favorite song?







Our Field Trip to The Grove!

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We had our first field trip in 2nd grade this week to The Grove!  We visited the one room schoolhouse and met our teacher Miss Gale.  We learned a lot about what school life was like back in 1861 for children.

What was your favorite part of the field trip?  What did you learn?  What did you find most interesting?


Where Would You Like to Visit?

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We have been continuing to use the atlas and are becoming more familiar with cities, states, countries, and continents.  If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why?  What would you like to find out about that location?  What kind of questions could you ask someone from there?


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Today we started learning about Geography.  We learned what geography is.  We also learned what an atlas is and how to use it.  We also discovered we have been talking about Geography all month long during Number Corner!.

What is something you learned today?  What was the most interesting thing you discovered during today’s lesson?  What did you like about the atlases we used?  Share your ideas!


How Did One Community Change?

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We just finished up our unit on San Francisco and how that community changed over time.  Through various images and looking at a timeline we saw how San Francisco started out as a rural community and ended up a big, urban city.

What were some of the reasons San Francisco changed over time?  What are some of the differences between San Francisco in 1846 and in 2000?  What were some of the facts you learned in this unit?  What did you find most interesting?  Share your thoughts and ideas.



Same, Same but Different

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same same but different
Last week in Library Ms. Lenger read the story Same, Same but Different.  It was about Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discovering that even though they live in different countries–America and India–they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.
Would you like to have a pen pal from another country? If so, what country? What would you tell him or her about you and your country?  What would you like to know about where they are from?


Our Field Trip to The Grove

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This past Monday we took our first field trip to The Grove.  We traveled back to the year 1861 and learned what it was like to go to school then.  We learned a lot of fun and interesting things!  I learned that we always carry the map of Illinois with us where ever we go!  How was school different back in 1861 compared to now?  What was your favorite part of the field trip?