• Building hibernation habitats

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/14/2020 9:30:00 PM

    Couldn't have much more fun than building hibernation and migration habitats with legos and friends.  Teams of kids chose an animal to build two different habitats for after listening to good literature and watching interesting scientific videos about why animals either migrate or hibernate during winter. 

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  • Animals in winter - who hibernates, and where?

    Posted by Joelle Cowan on 2/7/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Our K-1 class worked hard this week to deepen their understanding of who hibernates and where. We started be refreshing our discussion of what hibernation is and why animals do it. Then they all worked on a sweet hibernating bear craft that asked them to also express why they would or would not like to hibernate. Some very sweet and/or funny reasons were found!

    Next, we talked more about where animals go in the winter. We briefly introduced the idea of migration and refreshed our understanding of adaptation. The students then made an "Animals in Winter" flap book that shows five different animals in their winter homes. Everyone stayed so focused and worked impressively hard. 

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  • Animals in Winter - hibernation and adaptation

    Posted by Joelle Cowan on 1/31/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Wow, January is nearly over already! What dramatic weather we've had!

    Our K-1 students have welcomed three new classmates this week. We are so happy to fold them into our happy little group. 

    With the change in the seasons, we have moved into discussing how animals survive in winter. First up was a lively study of the book "The Mitten", which is a fanciful take on the idea of animals getting warm in the snow. If you haven't read it, it's a beautiful book by Jan Brett.

    Next, we moved into the concept of hibernation and why animals would do that. The students especially enjoyed watching a very sleepy bear wake up from hibernation - did you know that it can take them weeks to be fully awake?

    This week, we've begun discussing the idea of winter adaptation by first focusing on how animals' patterns/camouflage can help them survive. We found and made moths who were perfectly camouflaged for their environment.

    The students have been eager scientists and are demonstrating a tremendous energy for reading and writing as we move through our studies together. It's quite a class!

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  • Storm is Coming by Margaret Spengler

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/20/2019 11:00:00 AM

    We had the best time reading the book, Storm is Coming by Margare Spengler.  We worked on the plot of the story by retelling the Beginning, Middle and End, as well as Character Traits.  We discussed what motivated the main characters: Dog, Sheep, Duck, Cows, and Cat to get the the barn ahead of Storm.  The students were quick to figure out that Storm was a storm and not a person!

    Book - Storm Is Coming! by Heather Tekavec

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  • Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/6/2019 3:25:00 PM

    Your scientists are experts about moon phases!  We read the book, Papa, please get the moon for me, by Eric Carle and did the cutest of art projects with it.  Their self portraits are darling (and you will be getting them very soon)

     moon portrait

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  • Eating our way through Moon Phases

    Posted by Martha Wells on 11/25/2019 11:00:00 AM

    oreo moon

    Nothing like eating oreo cookie and filling to make the phases of the moon and that is what we did last week.  The Kinders and First Graders are becoming experts in recognizing and naming the phases of the moon and we are not just talking about New Moon, Full Moon, Crescent and Half Moon. They know all about waxing (getting bigger) and waning (getting smaller) of the Gibbous Moons and the First and Last Quarter Moons (Half Moons).  We have been reading, writing, cutting and pasting and walking around bare lightbulbs with balls to understanding how the phases are made.  We totally understand that the whole moon is always there in the sky, but it depends on where the moon and earth are to the sun.

     

    We have read the delightful book, Papa, please get the moon for me, by Eric Carle several times and we are doing an art project with us climbing to the moon.

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  • Shadows and Sorting

    Posted by Martha Wells on 10/31/2019 8:50:00 AM

    We have had so much fun making shadows!  After reading the book Bear Shadow by Frank Asch, the students used stick puppets from the book, to make shadows while making up creative stories.   The students know that to make a shadow, there must be a light source (sun) and something that blocks the light, as well as shadows can grow longer or shorter depending on where the sun is in the sky.   They are shadow experts!

    Working with Miss Joelle, the students have been sorting items and using descriptive words. An example of sorts: work and play items.

     

    Next week: Tricia, school principal, will be reading to us. 

     

    book suggestion:

    Image result for moon bear shadow

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  • Science: Patterns in the Sky

    Posted by Martha Wells on 10/1/2019 3:00:00 PM

    We had a busy week last week discussing which months of the year have more daylight and an earlier sunrise.  Your kids are learning how to write answers to the science question in their science journals.  The questions: The Sun is __________________. and Why is the Sun so important to the Earth?

     

    We are moving into Lesson 3 about the Sun's Heat Energy.  We will be going outside to measure the temperature of playground items. 

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  • Science Unit: Patterns in the Sky

    Posted by Martha Wells on 9/18/2019 11:00:00 AM

    The science unit that we will be studying for most of the semester is Patterns in the Sky.

     

    Essential question for the unit:

    What patterns can we find as we observe the sun and moon?

     

    We have begun the unit making a scientific sketch about the sun.  We will have many hands-on labs to make this unit study more interesting. 

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