Approved: M. Glover January 29, 2016
Winter is Here!
These last couple of weeks have been full of new ideas and investigations. We've done some globe work - identifying the Arctic and Antarctica. Winter in the Arctic is very long, cold and dark. The students were amazed that the sun might not come out for days on end. We read Polar Animal Adaptations and were able to glean lots of information about the animals living in the Arctic. The students realized that fur color helps both predators and prey. Animals also adapt by changing their regular eating habits. We compared their adaptations to how we change our menus in the winter to warmer foods. Our Jan Brett study continues and we read Annie and the Wild Animals. In the story, Annie's pet cat wanders off and she is trying to find a new friend. She puts some food out and some unlikely animals begin to visit. Having learned all about hibernation, migration and adaptation, the students quickly pointed out which animals should not have been around to eat the food. The story ends with Annie's cat returning with three extra pets -- her kittens! We used this story ending as an addition problem and a chance to find hidden partners for the number 4.
The 100th day of school was our next focus. We did all kinds of counting activities and read Jake's 100th Day of School. This book was about a kindergarten class celebrating their 100th day just like we did - with 100 Museum Collections. However, Jake left his at home. The students shared ideas of what Jake would do to solve his problem. Some of the solutions were quite ingenious. Our own class' collections were varied and perfect examples for comparing weight. After weighing their collections, the students toured the room to make comparisons with their classmates' collections. They then did predictions as to the lightest and heaviest collections. We found that the 100 crayon collection was the heaviest and the 100 silk heart collection was the lightest. We did "100" art and they produced some creative designs.
We've now started a new science topic - our sky. We listed items we can see in the sky and then branched out to tell about items in space. Our Jan Brett book, Hedgie Blasts Off, was a springboard to talk about animals in space, rockets, and what makes up our solar system. They already had lots of background knowledge and were ready to go deeper. The earth and its landforms were discussed and we did a fun game tossing an inflatable globe to test the probability of catching the globe with our hands "in water" or "on land." The results were overwhelmingly more hands "in water" and they immediately defended that with the observation that the earth has more water than land. This next week we'll be talking about living and non-living objects on our earth, the needs of living things and how the Sun has an important role in our lives.
Math time has been spent learning numerals above 10, doing some simple addition and subtraction word problems and finding hidden partners for numbers to 5. We're making lots of progress in all of these areas. In language we are focusing on vowel sounds, writing stories that have a defined beginning, middle and end.
What's Happening Next Week?
Bird Feeder Update
Its hard to see in this picture but the birds are flocking to our feeders. So exciting!
100 Days in School
We celebrated 100 days and had a good time. Some of our classmates flashed back in time and one aged to 100 overnight!
Collaborating with Mrs. Brockman
We visited with Mrs. Brockman this week to start discussions about our designs for new and more effective bird feeders. She had lots of information to share and the students were very engaged.
Bird Feeder Update
100 Days in School
February 5 -- Friday Freeze
Super Bowl of Math Day
February 12 -- Valentine's Party
February 15 -- President's Day - NO SCHOOL