Friday, December 15, 2017

2nd Grade Fun with Mr. Curhan


The Big Bear conducts an experiment as part of our first science unit on soils. The bear carefully observes what happens when sand mixes with water, and records observations using words, illustrations, diagrams, and labels. The bear receives lots of support and positive encouragement from its group mates, emphasizing teamwork and collaboration to reach a common goal.

Reading Workshop

We are currently in a unit on reading nonfiction. The Big Bear always remembers to use charts, Teaching Points, and other resources to help with its learning!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Enjoying Time in Mr. Curhan's Class

Written by Ty M.

In Mr. Curhan’s class, the bear hangs out with the reading poster, he watches the students understand what to do when you come across a word you don’t know. For example when Mr. Curhan was a kid he had a brother and his brother loved skateboarding and he could do a Ali
{a trick you can do when you get really good at skateboarding}.

He went to his mom and said “mom, my brother can do a Ali.” And his mom said “whats a Ali.” And he replied “I don’t know.” going back to the lesson he said “if you find a word you don’t know in your book stop and think for a second what does this mean, what is the purpose.”

The bear must be having a AWESOME time in Mr. Curhans class!

Written by another Brufftopian

The big bear is now in Mr. Curhan's room! The big bear hangs out, waiting for the students to arrive! What will the big bear lean today? Reading!

The big bear is going to learn to use and understand keywords! The students quietly come into the classroom and go to the rug spots! Excellent big bear behavior! Can’t wait to see what  the big bear is going to do next!  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Welcome to Ms. Archibald's Class

By Tula H.

On Wednesday, October 25, 9:20, the big bear was staying in Ms.Archibald’s classroom.The students were working on doing interviews with other people.

Some students worked at their desk or at the rug in partners and the big bear happily had students leaning on him as they worked. The reason that the class got the big bear, was because all the students worked hard and wrote long and strong in writing. The big bear looked down at the student's work and watched over them as they added to their interviews. Ms. Archibald stopped the students while they were working and told them how to add more to their work in google classroom and when she talked, the big bear listened too. She told the students that they had more time to work, so don’t worry.
The students who were leaning against the big bear were very happy, and talked to each other about their interviews and other students worked in a big group at a different table. Since the big bear was on the stool, his head kept drooping down, and a student had to occasionally push it back up, only for it to fall down again.

By Alex L.

Today is 25,October,2017. Ms. Archibald’s class was in the middle of answering interview questions. The class answered the questions on the computer and the whole class was so into the questions that you could hear a pin drop. At the time the big bear was sitting with two students. One of the students was sitting in the lap of the big bear, the other student was leaning against the bookshelf. The big bear was helping  their work so they could answer the questions with a calm mind and so Ms. Archibald would be proud of their hard work.

After a few questions of hard work, the class got called over by Ms. Archibald. Part of the class changed their focus to Ms.Archbald, another part of the class was talking to each other wondering what was going to happen next, the rest of the class was really, really focused in their work they didn't even take there eyes of the computer.

Ms.Archibald explained and also used her hands to show what she was talking about. Then she asked two students to show the class what they were going to do next. It was to talk to a partner and explain why they put that answer there to the interview question.

Also the big bear liked helping the kids and he also got in the conversation with the two students. Later he helped other kids.That time they broke the peaceful silence and it broke into the time they were done talking guess what? The time was up!!!! Their clean up was very organized.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Big Bear does Word Study

Written by William J.
On October 17, 2017, in Mrs. Bennett’s classroom, Mrs. Bennett was teaching her class and the Big Bear how to organize words into several categories, and why the words go into those categories. Mrs Bennett used her smartboard to help students understand what Mrs. Bennett was talking about closely, so the students could use those patterns to help spell new words.

After Mrs Bennett explained everything to the class and the Big Bear, the students left the rug, went to their desks, and started organizing their spelling words.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Big Bear is in Mrs. Bennett's Room

Written by Rhea S.
The Bowman Big Bear is learning how to go into math stations alongside Mrs. Bennett’s class. The class was learning how to transition at around 9:00 to 10:00 on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017.

Mrs. Bennett asked the class what groups they were in, to see if the class remembered. Hands shot through the classroom as Mrs. Bennett announced the groups. The Big Bear just silently looked around the classroom.

The bear was very impressed with what he saw. Mrs. Bennett was now showing the class a chart, to double check that they knew what color their groups were. The Big Bear was now especially enjoying how all of the students were transitioning to their seats as quickly as possible. The class paid all of their attention to their teacher and followed all of her instructions very carefully.

Now, Mrs. Bennett’s class was much more than that. When they transitioned back to their seats, the students got right to work, removing their materials. The bear was probably thinking, they are working so carefully and quickly. As students quickly cuddled around the bear to work, he thought, I think I am helping the students focus and do the right thing. And I think that he is.