Second Grade Links

Technology Integration for Second Graders





Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows

Use the website with an interactive whiteboard.


The Moon

Moon Unit

Complete the activities in this research unit which includes a moon phases webquest, KidPix, Publisher, and Word projects.



Double Pan Balance

Use the computer to complete the balance game. Try to guess the weights of each shape.


Elapsed Time

Grouchy Ladybug Elapsed time video

Lesson created by K.Gomez and D. Reeves.

iPod Lesson

Enjoy learning elapsed time with the grouchy ladybug.  Read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.

Suggestions:  Have students use the Judy Clock to match with flash cards. 

Individuals, Partners, or Small Groups


Please go to Collaboratory for Telling Time video

Lesson created by D. Sanchez and M. Reyes.

iPod Lesson

Telling time- students will give examples of things to do in seconds, minutes and hours.  Students will watch short video clips about lengths of time and use math journals and hand held clocks to complete the 4 activities



Please go to Collaboratory for Fractions video

Lesson created by S. Lambrecht and G. Sandoval.

iPod Lesson

Fractions overview: Definitions and a quick recap of 1/2 fractions, 1/3 fractions and 1/4 fractions. Great for ESL class since definitions are read out loud for students.




Patterns can be found in real-life situations such as in nature, at home, at play and in stories. Repeating and additive (growing) are ways to describe patterns. Patterns help us make predictions about a given sequence.

Students may complete any of the following:
1) View the Patterns video and complete the activities individually or as whole group.
2) Take pictures of patterns in and around school. Put photos into PowerPoint or Photostory. Students narrate slides.
2b) Put class photos on a Glog. Insert an audio file for each photo of the student describing the pattern in the photo (use Audacity). *Insert a Voki for the narration.
3) Insert a photo from the Patterns Picture Gallery into KidPix and continue the pattern.
4) Compare pictures that have a repeating pattern (ABB, ABA, ABC, etc.) Copy both to a MS Word document and type why they are the same or even different.
5) *Insert pictures taken in and around school onto Flipcharts. Each student will describe the pattern in their photo using the Promethean pens. Record the students using ActivInspire tools.These videos can then be put together in Windows Movie Maker or Animoto.
6) Print out all photos from the gallery. Cut apart and create a pictograph according to repeating patterns. Students can create their own mini pictographs by printing the page as is.
7) Have students bring in pieces of wrapping paper. Take photos and create a book with PowerPoint or in Storybird. Have students type in the pattern and give 2 sentences about the photo.
8) People patterns. Have students create shapes with their bodies or show actions and then repeat a pattern together (ex. sit-stand, x's and o's with bodies on floor, etc.)Take photos and create a PowerPoint or book.


Individual, Partners, or Class



Patterns Video




Adjectives in Writing

Adjective Video

Adjective List

Lesson created by Murnin Elementary.

iPod Lesson:

The students will use ipods to take pictures around the school. From the pictures they will create sentences with adjectives describing their school. Students will then create a PhotoStory using their sentences and pictures taken on their ipod.

*First day: Students will watch a video about adjectives. They will sort words into adjectives and non-adjectives.
*Second day: Students will take pictures of their school with the ipods.
*Third day: Students will brainstorm adjectives about their pictures and begin writing their sentences.
*Fourth day: Students will go to the computer lab and import their pictures. They will read their sentences to go with their pictures, and create their Photostory.

Individual or Partners

Snakes, Spiders, and Bats

Super 3 Research Project

Sssimply Ssspectacular Creatures

A unit on snakes, spiders, and bats

Use the website to help answer questions about a snake, spider, or bat.
1) Make a PowerPoint or Photostory 3 project. Include paper or KidPix drawings, real photos, narration, and information.
2) Create an Xtranormal project when research is completed. Include 2 actors discussing research found on the animal.
3) Use a Voki avatar to be an expert on the animal research. Tell everything that was learned. Include photos and drawings of the animal.
4) Use KidPix to draw a picture of the animal and its habitat. Use Blabberize to show the animal speaking and telling about itself. Include all information found in the research.

5) Reserve a snake or spider from Region XX. Document the animal's activities in a blog (use KidBlog) for 2 weeks. Include facts with the postings.

Library Research Project

Class or Individual

2012 Murnin Projects

Final Projects 
spiders | bats


Scholastic - The First Thanksgiving

The voyage of the Pilgrims from England to America was challenging. The life the Pilgrims lived in the New World was full of new experiences and trials. Learn from the Plimoth website and see how life in the New World for the Pilgrims and life with the Wampanoag led to the first Thanksgiving.

Day 1) Discuss the voyage to America.Create a word bank. Students will create a Wordle with selected words from the word bank.
Day 2) Assign students a category such as Pilgrim housing, Wampanoag housing, or Housing Today. Other catergories can be created from Clothing, School, Games, Chores, and Food. Students will use The First Thanksgiving website (Daily Life) to complete their research on their topic.
Day 3) Students will record their research in Audacity. They will link their audio file with an avatar from Voki.

TIPPA Lesson Plan

Sustainable Project - Make a list of items for a Thanksgiving dinner.Coordinate with SAMMs Shelter for a worthy recipient.Collect the items and videotape a message to be played for the recipient.

Individual, Partners, or Class



The History of Thanksgiving

Project Suggestions:
1) Use the Pilgrim's menu and Mayflower Myths to create a Photostory with pictures and narration.
2) Create a blog or VoiceThread about Thanksgiving Myths and collect comments from other students.
Create a wiki that displays research found by students. Ask other students from other classes or schools to contribute to the research. Vokis and mini-videos or PowerPoints are allowed!
) Create a PowerPoint such as in the samples.

Class or Grade Level


Changes in Technology

Technology Changes-Then and Now 1

Technology Changes-Then and Now 2 

View 'Changes in Technology". Save one or both the PowerPoints to each computer. Complete the PowerPoint activities in edit view. Print out the completed slides.


Woodland Forests

Woodland Habitat video


**Woodland Animals**

What is a Woodland?

Enchanted Learning-Forests

Notetaking sections sheet

Notetaking flipbook

View the United Streaming video and other websites to complete research on the woodlands. Complete one of the following activities:

1) Create a wiki that displays research found by students. Ask other students from other classes or schools to contribute to the research. Vokis and mini-videos or PowerPoints are allowed!
2) Create pictures in KidPix of animals and habitat. Use in a diorama, PowerPoint, or Photostory. Don't forget narration!
3) Create a class book. Use KidPix for pictures and export them to a Word document with typed research information.
4) Create a Glog using KidPix, MovieMaker, scanners and cameras, etc. with student research.
5) Create an alphabet book of woodland animals, plants, and vocabulary. Make 3D models and take photos or create pictures of the above and include in the book.

6) Create a PowerPoint or Photostory Alphabet Book using materials from #5 above.

Sustainable Project - 1) Donate animal books to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation to distribute to families who take in orphaned or injured wildlife.
2) Sponsor an animal at a sanctuary or zoo.

Library Research Project

Class or Grade Level

2011 Murnin Projects

Glog Samples

Skunks | Rabbits | Deer | Bear

2011 Forester Project

Woodland Book Sample

Zertuche Woodland Book 2013

Rainforest Animals

Rainforest Animals

Use the website to research the animal assigned.

Find information on the following: animal behavior(nocturnal/diurnal), diet, layer of the forest in which it lives, animal family(mammal, bird, fish, etc.), characteristics/description, interesting facts. Be sure to include a bibliography.

Once complete, create dioramas of your animals and their habitat. Take photos and include the photos with research, real pictures, video, and a bibliography on a Glog.


Student Glogs 
(includes 3 Digi Award Winners)

Water Cycle

Resources needed for Project

Water Cycle Video

Water Cycle Interactive Diagram

Water Cycle Paper Project

Lesson created by E. Alcala and M. Zertuche.

iPod Lesson

This lesson is about the Water Cycle, which includes an introduction of the importance of water.  Students will view the water cycle using an Ipod, then participate in an interactive water cycle diagram using a desktop computer.  Finally, they will create a project using materials supplied by the teacher.


San Antonio

Our San Antonio 

Missions notetaking sheet

Fiesta notetaking sheets events | person

Attraction notetaking sheet

Use the resources listed to complete your research on San Antonio.

1) Each class will research one of the sections on the left. Each group within the class will study the subsections. They will then create tourist brochures. 2) Work in pairs to create a glog. 3) Students can create their own floats in KidPix. 4) Students can narrate a tour of San Antonio attractions in Photostory with real photos.

Groups for grade level project or pairs

King William Area

King William Video

Lesson created by Murnin 2nd Grade.

iPod Lesson:

Students will match pictures of the houses to the video with description.  Students will then cut out pictures and glue them on a timeline in chronological order.

Extension: Take a fieldtrip to the King William Area