"Success is measured by effort." My students apply this quote as they have learned to put forth effort and be understanding and flexible with the resources our school can provide.
I currently have 30 very energetic and enthusiastic second graders that come to school with a kind heart and an amazing attitude.
We have as many as 10 different languages spoken at our school. Although these students don't have a lot of worldly possessions, their personalities and resilience certainly make up for it. What amazes me about my students, is that many of them face other challenges outside of the classroom and yet, they still manage to accomplish so much, without the support we take for granted. My students remind me each day what the important things in life truly are.
Science engages all students, no matter of their ability or language level. They are even more focused when they can actively participate in their learning. Dissecting owl pellets with forceps, allows students to work together, discussing their findings and trying to problem solve also. This is a fun way of learning. The owl pettets contain the animals that the owl has eaten. Then they regurgitate the bones and fur into a pellet. Students can pick through these pellets to see what animal it had eaten and can use the charts to identify the animal. Students will have fun doing hands-on exploration with other students, instead of reading a boring science textbook.
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