# Wild for Weather!

## Little Meteorologists

Each day this week, your child played the role of a meteorologist, and tracked the weather. We focused on the type of weather such as sunny, rainy, cloudy, descriptive words for how the weather felt, and the actual temperature. They enjoyed taking the time to observe the weather carefully. They even had the opportunity to create a weather story during literacy centers!

## Rainbows

Your child learned that a rainbow is colored light that you see in the sky when sun rays strike falling raindrops. They also learned that you can see a rainbow when the sun is in the sky behind you and there is rain in the distance in front of you, or after a storm when droplets of rain are still in the air. To learn the colors of a rainbow, your child painted a beautiful rainbow on tin foil! We loved how shiny and bright they looked!

## The Water Cycle

Your child learned that evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor. The water vapor leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air. The water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds, which is called condensation. Precipitation occurs when so much water forms into a cloud, and it becomes to heavy and water falls back to the earth in the form of rain or snow. You will see pictures of our class acting out the water cycle. They had so much fun being the rain drops, vapor, the cloud (link armed raindrops), and the sun!

## Creative Writing

Our class had so much fun in their creative writing center this week! They illustrated a town, city, or neighborhood that had food raining down on them! This writing was influenced by the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book series written by Judi Barret. The books had the children laughing and excited to write.

## Making Numbers 11-19

In Math this week, your child worked on making the numbers 11-19 and finding the parts of 11, 12, and 13. We practiced making the numbers 11-19 using magnetic ten frames. They were a hit! Your child even played some games using the 10 frames and they were challenged by asking and answering questions about the different ways to make the numbers, and they worked on explaining their strategy for quickly making the numbers and seeing patterns in equations...

10 + 1 = 11

10 + 2 = 12

10 + 3 = 13

10 + 4 = 14

## Finding the parts of 11, 12, and 13

We created a life size double ten frame so the students could experience how we find the parts of the numbers 11, 12, and 13. Your child was able to recognize how we always had one full ten frame (10 ones) and another ten frame with some ones.