We learn about Sweden


The author of Pippi Longstocking was from Sweden.  Her name is  Astrid Lindgren.  Sweden is also home to Swedish fish.  Sweden has lots of famous people.   

Lots of cars were made in Sweden like the Volvo.  Sweden’s favorite sport is hockey because it is more up north where there is colder weather.

Sweden’s favorite food is fish and it is a tradition to eat crayfish in the midsummer.  Some of the other foods are Swedish meatballs and pea soup.

In one of the holidays the oldest girl in the house wakes up early and wears a special white dress and goes to the church with a candle to light the way and sings a song.

Carson M.   – 2nd grade


They have a King and Queen.  The Queens travels a lot.  Every midsummer they build a huge cross and put flowers on it and dance around it.  December 13th the oldest child wakes up early and wakes up the parents.  It has to be a blond hair girl that has a candle on her head because it’s the darkest night.  They eat pea soup with pancakes.  They have lobsters.  They crack the head open and eat it.  They also have boarding school where Mrs. Broms-Their  went to stay.  A lady author wrote Pippi Longstocking.  She is the strongest girl and she has adventures.   She has no parents.  Emil is a naughty boy that she wrote about. They made movies about both of them.

Angelina R.


map of Sweden


– 2nd grade

What is Measurement?

 Our Current Math Topics—

We can measure length.  This will be our primary focus now.   We used clocks, thermometers, and money already.

    Some tools here are a measuring tape, a ruler, and  a yard stick or meter stick.   We learned that in ancient Egypt they used their fingers, hands (span) and arms to do this.  We learned that in Ancient Egypt that 1 finger = digit and 4 fingers = palm.   If  you opened you hand the distance between the tip of the thumb and the pinkie finger it was a span.  The most popular measurement in ancient times was the cubit.   If you bend your arm at the elbow then a cubit is the arm from the bent elbow to the tip of the middle finger.   The Pharaoh decided what this would be because they went with the length of his arm.   Just one thing is wrong with their measurements.  Not everyone has the same size hand or bent arm so measurements were not accurate or exact.

  • We have weight measurement.   We use scales as the tool.  How much does the vegetable weigh?  What do you weigh?  What does an dolphin weigh?   What does a paper clip weigh?   
  • We can measure volume with a cylinder tube with numbers on the side.
  • We can measure height and use these same tools.
  • We can measure time and use a clock.
  • We can measure money like 1cent, 5 cents, 10 cents and dollars in the USA.   We learned last week about other currency.
  • We can use grams to measure weight and use a scale or balance pan with weights.  We use this at the grocery store if we want to buy pounds of vegetables.   The doctor weighs us.  We use pan balances to see the difference between objects like a paper clip and wooden block.
  • We measure in inches, feet and yards in the United States where other places may use centimeters and meters.
  • We can measure distance in miles how far it is from one place to another.
  • We can measure rainfall and wind speed.  We would use a rain gauge and  anemometer.  
  • We can measure the temperature.   We would use thermometers. We learned about these during our weather science unit.
  • We can use cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, pints, quarts and gallons when preparing and buying food.   We discussed using a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of melted butter to cook.   When we help mom and grandma in the kitchen we use measurement a lot.

There is standard and metric measurement.  We wonder why we use standard based on 12  when other countries used metric based on 10.   It seems simpler to figure out and move from one unit to another in metric.  

  • Do you use measurement each day?
  • What do you use measurement for?
  • Do people in other parts of the world use measurement in the same way even though the unit may differ?
  • Can you think of a job that would not need some kind of measurement?
  • How important is exact measurement?  
  • If you were a builder and your town depended on you to design their town and build the buildings would you need measurement?   If so which ones would be the most important to use.   Which unit of measurement would you pick to use?
  •  If you had lived in Ancient Egypt and measured a pyramid would using your palm work well?  How about the cubit?


Inquiry about Currency Around the World

Our dollar bill also referred to as a buck has George Washington the first president.  Not all of our bills have Presidents but several do.  Our coins are penny (1cent) nickel (5cents), dime (10 cents), quarter (25 cents), half dollar or fifty cent piece (50 cents.  Four quarters make a dollar.  10 dimes make a dollar.


This week we’ve had the opportunity to learn about currency from some of our blogging friends from around the world in their project Our World, Our Numbers.  http://ourworldournumbers.edublogs.org/2013/02/25/australian-currency/


We had already been solving word problems with money the previous week so this fit into our extended global learning about other countries and their money.

We loved the Canadian video about their coins, Mrs. Yollis’s video about the President’s and coins in America.  We discovered that our bills are not as colorful as they are in other parts of the world.  They are called bucks or bills here and notes in some places.  We liked seeing our friends in Middleham shopping in an actual store.   We can’t just take a walk and go to the store at our school.   We have to plan months in advance for a couple of field trips per year then we send home a permission slip for parents to give permission to go and then we travel by bus to our destination.  We thought New Zealand and Australia both had colorful money.

This is a local ad for groceries in our area.   Prices vary each week and by different stores.



We played some games and learned more about money at this site from the US Mint.



We decided to look at the British Museum video about the history of money.