October 14, 2016
What Happened This Week?
- Map Key - tells us how to read a map and what the symbols on the map mean
- Compass Rose- tells us the direction & we learned about the four cardnial directions.
- Physical features- such as: mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, trees/forest
- Manmade features - such as: streets/roads, houses, community buildings, parks
- Birds-eye view vs. street view
We have been practicing reading and using maps within the our day!
We also have been working with the other Young Explorer classrooms to create a giant map of Northbrook in our YE hallway. We made rodes, lakes/rives/ponds, forest/trees, and community buildings/houses. Our map is looking AWESOME!
- Dramatic Play: a life size version of Google Earth. The students acted as the yellow person from Google Earth and saw the "street view" of the map. They then have to match the symbols for each landmark on our map. We took this one step further this week and the students created their own symbols for different community buildings to add to our map!
- Library: was filled with different types of maps, globes, and nonfiction books that teach us about maps.
- Blocks: we had a giant community map rug with streets and other landmarks.
- Science: we used Google Earth to see what our own houses looked like on a map. We then compared the birds eye view to the street view.
- Art: we worked on creating symbols for our big Northbrook map
Moving and Grooving
This week in Movin’ and Groovin’ we did animal walks around the bases. When we got to a base we did an exercise focusing on arm strength, bilateral coordination, or core strength. I think the kids liked running and galloping the best! We also worked on following
the directions to stop! Go Cubs!
The Second Step theme of the week is following directions. In Caring Community, we read the book, Know and Follow Rules, which discusses the directions to follow in a variety of areas-school, home, park, etc! We talked about how a direction is usually something we need to do in order to learn and to be safe. We went over a variety of rules we have at school (keep hands to self, listen to the teacher), at home (clean up, be nice to siblings) and at the park (being careful on the equipment, including everyone!) The students chose their own rules for their imaginary castles-discuss the rules in your homes and other ways your children can follow directions (with chores, getting ready in the morning, etc!)
Cooking and Conversation
This week in Cooking & Conversation we continued our investigation of maps. The students used maps of the classroom to locate the hidden ingredients necessary for a trail mix recipe. To do this, the children worked in small groups to interpret the map key to identify different furniture and areas of the classroom and then hunted for their ingredients. In completing this task the class reviewed the some of the newer vocabulary such as map key and birds eye view as well as spatial concepts such as next to, in front of, behind, and across from. The Young Explorers really seemed to enjoy this week’s activity and did a great job using their new map skills. Have a great weekend!
What's Coming Up?
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Please remember the school Halloween costume guidelines:
- Student must be able to independently take off the costume for the bathroom.
- No masks
- No weapons
We look forward to a fun filled day!
10/19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/20 - Half-day AM attends/PM no school
10/21 - No School
10/24 - Field Trip