Second grade has enjoyed doing a few things away from the ordinary book work. First, we celebrated “Apple Day,” rotating through stations doing various activities that centered around apples. We heard a story about the seasons of an apple tree and then did an art project painting depicting the four seasons of an apple tree. We explored our apples, learned the parts of an apple, and used adjectives to describe them outside and in. We counted our seeds and learned there are 5 chambers for the seeds to grow in and that when you cut the apple crosswise, it makes a star where the seeds are. We also used cooking measuring tools and talked about fractions when we made apple pie and applesauce. Everyone liked getting to spin their apple on the apple, peeler, slicer. Then, we, of course, tasted all things apples, including the pie and sauce. We graphed which way we liked the apple the best. Pastor’s apple butter was enjoyed, but this year apple pie was the favorite. Another day away from the books was going to Cal Poly’s pumpkin patch. Each student brought home their perfect pumpkin. The next day we rotated through stations with our pumpkins, guessing and using different measuring tools to find the circumference, height, and weight, of the pumpkin and discovering if they would sink or float.