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Explore, Investigate and Grow: BCA Second Graders Explore the Science Mill Museum

BCA second graders spent the day exploring and investigating at the Science Mill Museum in Johnson City. They were able to participate in the learning lab entitled: Young Explorers: Forensics Fun. The class investigated how forensic scientists solve mysteries using various different types of evidence! Through hands-on activities, they discovered information about their fingerprints, teeth impressions, and hidden evidence in order to further understand scientific inquiry.

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The museum offered exploration of STEM careers, hands on discovery and creative fun. We saw a 3D Movie: Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure that was filmed in the jungles of Borneo which featured over 40 insects. The students created an avatar to be scanned at each exhibit giving more information, interesting facts, and possible STEM careers.

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In the days after our trip, the students may log in to use their avatar again at the Explorer Zone at Sciencemill.org. The Explorer Zone offers fun games, science videos, and your favorite exhibits.

Bannockburn Christian Academy play Tug-of-War on the Giant Lever at the Science Mill Museum in Johnson City

Overall, a very successful trip which hopefully inspired some future scientists!

~ Mary Ellen Erwin, 2nd Grade Teacher

Character Awareness

In Second Grade, we are creating a classroom community with character awareness.  During our Morning Meeting, we began talking about how it feels when someone compliments you. We talked about how to give a good compliment.

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When giving a compliment, you should be positive. You should be truthful; make sure you believe what you say. Try to be as specific as possible. Think about what you like or admire about the person. Consider the person’s strengths and talents. The discussion centered around paying attention to what the person says or does. The boys and girls came up with many adjectives that describe a person on the inside.

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Throughout the year, we will highlight a different character trait to develop. We will have slips of paper available for students to write down the good character traits they witness in each other.

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Character traits that will be highlighted include:

  • Compassion – caring for others with kindness.
  • Integrity – Always doing the right thing even when no one else is watching.
  • Patience – Ability to remain calm and to wait for what you want.
  • Confidence – Freedom from doubt and believing in yourself.
  • Responsibility – Taking ownership of what you say and do.
  • Respect – Treating others with courtesy.  Having control over one’s actions.
  • Citizenship – Being loyal to your school, community, and country.
  • Self-Control – Having control over one’s actions, words and emotions.
  • Tolerance – Accepting differences and the uniqueness of others and celebrating the common ground we share.
  • Honesty – Being truthful in what you say and do.
  • Cooperation – Working together toward a common goal.
  • Perseverance – Demonstrating determination and commitment to complete a task.

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Mary Ellen Erwin, 2nd Grade

 

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