This week we did our 3rd investigation about buildings. Our focus questions were: Who builds buildings? What tools do they us?
On Monday we built towers using unifix cubes. The towers were supposed to be as tall as each child. Then we compared their heights and discussed.
An interesting activity during Whole Group Meeting was trying to build a structure based on a plan. I drew it on the board and ask 3 volunteers to try to make them.
We also talked about hammer and helmets, and their uses.
Since we had been learning about "people who work in a construction site", we had the kids choose a job they would like to try when they grow up. I guess handling Cement Mixers seems like fun to most of them.
On Wednesday and Friday children had out-of-class experiences: architects visiting and us visiting a construction site.
Take a look at the pictures and enjoy!
I invited children to explore a collection of ocean animals in a tub of water. I explained that they would be making groups from them. We used special tweezers to grab the animals from the tub.
First, I asked each child to make a group of 3 animals from a specific color. Then a group of 2, and then a group of 4. When this was done, each child had to count one by one each animal as they threw them back in the tub.
We kept on playing with different and bigger numbers.
At the Bloc center, children found rivers, boats, construction trucks, and blocks. They played building bridges, neighborhoods, and different structures.
It was quite interesting to see them work in teams and express their ideas.
Magnetic vs Non Magnetic
Interlocking Toys Creations
Construction Hat Painting
This was an activity placed at the Choice Time, so children decided if they wanted to do it or no. We will continue to offer this activity next week to see who else is interested.
What can you do with a hammer?
Bang, bang, bang! Kids were having a blast using bright paint and hammers. The result will be showed in the Art Festival.
To expand on our Buildings Unit, we had two architects come and visit our classes.
We prepared children by watching a short (and very funny) video about Architects. Then we discussed what we observed from it and created 4 questions for our visitors:
- Can you build castles?
- How do you draw plans?
- What are your tools?
- How can we become architects?
During the presentation, I was so proud! PK3.2 kids were behaving so well! They were good listeners, payed attention, sat still and quiet. When the time to ask questions came up, Cristina, Jamie and Melissa stood up to as 3 out of the 4 questions.
Construction Site visit at ISP
Also, Ms. Alida showed different kinds of pipes, and explained their uses. It was a great introduction for our upcoming unit.
It was a great experience!
Books, Poems, and Rhymes
- How a House is Built
- Three Ninja Pigs
- My own name (brought by Jamie)
- We're pounding the nail (sing to the tune of "For He's a jolly good fellow")
Video Read Alouds
We had "Peace" Ninjas, Ballerinas, Zombies, and Princesses.
We had such a good time!
- Family Fun Fair