A Look Back at 2017 in Room 2

Posted by ALISON RUOFF on 12/14/2017

A week from today, we will be beginning our much anticipated Winter Break and saying goodbye to the 2017 schoolyear.  What an amazing year we have had so far.  Sometimes the blog has to take a back seat but.... 

Here are a few of the highlights from our year so far:


  • We went on three (yes three) field trips this month.  Please check out our visits to the apple orchard, Eagle Fire Station, and Linder Farms in the photo albums.  The unintentional theme this month was getting out and about exploring in our community and learning about our world.

leaf hunt


  • We start coding right away in the beginning of the year with our Dash and Dot robots, Cubelets, and Awbie, our favorite strawberry eating monster in Osmo.




  • We went to the Boise Art Museum and explored more lego fun with the Abstract art exhibit.

Quinn art

  • We launched our "LEGO Wall of Fame" in the classroom which turned out to be a big success.  It all started with a download from The Stem Laboratory.  The kiddos submit their completed challenges to me in their Seesaw Digital Journals to earn their picture on our Wall of Fame.  

lego wall of fame

Lego Challenge:  Create a Lego boat that really floats

This challenge proved to be the most popular, which led us to explore properties of matter and why things sink and float.  There is a great Brainpop Jr. video about this and most kiddos made revised boats to improve their original design.  

Lego Boat


  • We were happy to welcome Osmo Jam and Coding Duo into our Osmo family.  Osmo Jam is all about coding awesome music and doing advanced coding skills, like creating subgroups.  Coding Duo is a two player coding gave with our favorite monsters Mo and Awbie.  

  • And of course our 2017 highlights wouldn't be complete without Minecraft.  With some technical difficulties at the beginning of the year, we have had all 9 desktops and laptops up and running.  We have been prefecting our Minecraft skills and have started to work in an economic simulation world, where we earn gold nuggets for working on the farm, lumberyard, or in the mine.  We have our own plots of land and are building our dream houses.  creeper

Announcing Minecraft Club with Ms. Ruoff in 2018!!

2018 will prove to be an amazing year with an amazing class.  Permission slips for the afterschool Minecraft Club went home hard copy yesterday and will be in the Blue News tomorrow.  They need to be returned by Winter Break to get signued up for one of the two sessions being offered.  

I wish many blessings for you and your little one over Winter Break and look forward to seeing them in the new year!