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Second Grade World Explorers

Second graders have been world explorers!

Second graders have been world explorers!  After learning about different continents around the world, classes shared their knowledge by decorating the hallways with illustrations, crafts, and many, many facts!  Parents were invited to come check out what 2nd graders learned at Shiloh’s annual International Festival in May!  In case you missed it, read on to see what the 2nd graders want you to learn!

Mrs. Kincaid’s class explored the continent of Asia!  Asia is one of the world's largest continents.  It covers one-third of the earth’s surface!  More than 4 billion people live in Asia!  That is 60% of the entire world’s population!  The world’s largest country is in Asia - Russia!  The world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, is in Asia.  The lowest point on land, the Dead Sea, is also in Asia.  

Also, Asia has lots of animals.  We learned about the komodo dragon, camels, King Cobras, red pandas, giant pandas, tigers, and leopards!  Did you know that the Siberian Tiger turns white in the winter?

In Mrs. Atwell's class we learned about Africa.   It is the second largest continent in the world. There are 54 countries on the continent of Africa.   Some examples are Egypt, Seychelles, South Africa, Liberia, Togo, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Morocco, and Madagascar.  Sudan is the largest country and Seychelles is the smallest country in Africa.

Africa is made of mountains, tropical rain forests, savannas, and desert.  The equator runs through the middle of Africa.  The Nile River is the longest river in the world.  Did you know Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa?  It is also the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

Africa has lots of animals  and is home to the largest mammals.  Some animals that live there are elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and hippos.  The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world. In most countries soccer is played.  That is what we learned in Mrs. Atwell's class about Africa!

Mrs. Long's class learned how to say words from Europe. For example, in Italy they say "Siamo amici," but in Monroe we say, "We're friends.”  Our class has learned where places in Europe are located. For instance, in France there is a city called Paris. The food we compared was what kids eat in Europe, like in Iceland they eat soup and bread. The kids in our class learned when some very important events happened in Europe. In Germany, they entered the World War 1 in 1914. Our class has compared the weather in Europe. In England on April 22, 2015 it was 56oF. Mrs. Long's class has learned what flags look like in Europe. In Portugal, the flag has red and green on their flag but the flag also has a circle with a cool design.

(Websites: Time for Kids-Around The World.com; Culture Grams.com; Weather.com)

The second grade SPLASH class participated in an investigation about South America. Children in this room were fully engaged in knowledge about this beautiful and fascinating continent. They made a model of a tropical jungle, created a map and identified all countries, flags, typical foods, climate, wild animals, and learned to locate the world's most renowned tourist attractions . It was a wonderful experience to have learned all about Hispanic culture.

Mrs. Hea’s class learned all about “The Land Down Under” -Australia! We explored and learned all about the land, climate, language, music, history, famous landmarks, and the animals. Gracie Rhyne researched all about the interesting animals of Australia: Koalas live in eastern Australia and eat a plant called eucalyptus. When koalas eat they look for the best leaves on the tree. Did you know that kangaroo babies are as small as a lima bean? Baby kangaroos are called Joeys and they stay in their mom’s pouch. Platypus lives in Australia and is a mixed up animal...It is mixed between a duck and beaver. It also lays eggs like a lizard. Dingoes are another native Australian animal. They are the largest Australian predator. Dingoes don’t bark- they howl. Did you know Tasmanian Devils are smart? They find food while prey is sleeping...it eats anything it can find alive or dead they even eat the bones.  We really enjoyed our exploration of the land down under!

Written by: Shiloh’s 2nd grade classes
Posted: May 31, 2015 by Mark Greene

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