Terrific Trees!

March 13, 2015

TREES!!

This week we started exploring about trees, I can truly say that trees fascinate children and spark their curiosity and wonder. We haven't started investigating yet, and I can see every child so engaged and interested in learning more about trees! As we do for every study unit when we start, we ask What do we know about trees? What do we want to find out? I was amazed with their answers, as they knew ALOT, and our investigation web was filled with interesting ideas. We of course went on a tree hunt earlier in the week, and we loved collecting different sizes of leaves, and branches.

Each center in our classroom were enriched with tree related objects. The dramatic center was turned into a forest full of trees, and animals that live in trees! In the block center, we provided scissors, green construction paper, tape, and pencils. Children used their own imagination and creativity to make leaves with the construction paper and taped it to long rectangle blocks that were used as the trunk. Our play-dough center was a great center, as children got to make their own tree sculpture. We provided special tree blocks and real leaves in the toys and games center. Our library center was filled with amazing tree books. Our discovery center, we had different pieces of the tree, like tree rings, piece of trunk, bark, branches,pinecones etc. The writing center had various picture/word cards such as part of the trees, and they enjoyed writing them down in their writing notebook. Magnetic letters were also provided, in order to build the words on our board!


This is just the beginning, and we have done ALOT! Next week we will start with our investigations that will offer children an opportunity to learn more about the characteristics of trees and the role they play in our environment. Children will also be learning about the creatures that inhabit trees, and the food trees produce. Like always, each investigation helps our children explore and strengthen their skills in literacy, math, technology, and the arts.


Reminders:

-You can keep sending recyclable items from now to April. We are happy to receive as much possible, as we will be doing lot's of art work for our upcoming art museum. (bottle lids, bottle caps, plastic bottles, etc.)

Thank You!

-NO School: March 30-April 3 2015 (Spring Break/Semana Santa)

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Tree Sizes!

This week we have been comparing and measuring. We have been using the following vocabulary: bigger, same size and smaller. Here we compared the stick body to the trees so they could understand the concept better.
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Books of the WEEK!

ABIYOYO

Song & Poem of the WEEK!

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The Green Grass Grows ALL AROUND!

The Green Grass Grows All Around - Nursery Rhyme

FUN IN PK 4.2!

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Tracing and Graphing!

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TREE HUNT!

Everyone was so excited about the tree hunt, and one of our favorite activities this week. To see the many different types, and sizes of trees, the birds, branches, a stump! It was fun collecting parts of trees. When we came back to our classroom we organized all our findings. We put all the leaves together, all the branches, etc. Then we sorted them by size. Next week we will be using them in our art center.
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SMARTBOARD FUN!

We visited the computer lab on Wednesday! The computer lab has a smartboard and we decided to use it with fun games that the children LOVED! The first game, the trees had a number and we had to drag the amount of apples that each tree needed to have. Then we recognized the words and labeled the tree. Finally we each got to choose a letter and drag it to our coconut tree, then each one had to tell us the name, sound and word with that letter!! CHICKA CHICKA BOOM! BOOM!
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Tree Sculptures!

In our play-dough center we made tree sculptures. Some of us were so detailed, and added the roots, and even branches!
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Mystery Readers!

A big thank you to our mystery readers of the week!
Our first mystery reader was Mr.Matt, and we enjoyed the book so much and early read aloud :)! THANK YOU!

We love having mystery readers, so feel free to let know when you can be ours!
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Mystery Reader #2

Mrs.Christa was our second mystery reader of the week. She read to us The Watermelon Seed. The kids absolutely loved it, and laughed so much!! After reading the book, Mrs.Christa and Anna Sofia shared some delicious watermelon with us, and some even had fun counting how many seeds their piece of watermelon had!!! Thank You!!
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DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE FAMILY FUN FAIR!!

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Have a GREAT weekend!