September 2016

Johnny Appleseed

Attributions: 
Ms. Megan Camper

The second grade students have been learning about Johnny Appleseed.  He visited them in the afternoon, reading them a story about his life.  When the kids returned to their desk, they found an apple waiting for them.

"Was Johnny Appleseed a real person?" Find out in the text below from the Library of Congress website.

"You've probably heard about the legendary "Johnny Appleseed" who, according to story and song, spread his apple seeds all over the nation. Did you know there really was a "Johnny Appleseed"? His name was Jonathan Chapman. Born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1775, Chapman earned his nickname because he planted small orchards and individual apple trees during his travels as he walked across 100,000 square miles of Midwestern wilderness and prairie. He was a genuine and dedicated professional nurseryman."

-Johnny Appleseed Was Born, www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/revolut/jb_revolut_apple_1_e.html, 

Coding in 2nd Grade

Attributions: 

Ms. Camper took a week to teach the 2nd grade students how to use a coding website, www.code.org.

Code.org is a program that teaches computer science.  Beginning in Course 1 for early readers, "students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks.  By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share."

This website can be accessed at home or school.