Kindergarten Happenings

May/June

STEM - The Three Little Pigs

What is STEM?
* STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.

Using the 3 Little Pigs as our focus, we worked in partners to solve a problem: How to construct a house BIG enough to fit all 3 little pigs but STRONG enough that the big bad wolf could not blow it down.
Students first drew their design on paper then took turns using the provided materials to construct their house. Next we put their houses to the test. The big bad wolf (Mrs. Paulhamus) try to huff and puff their houses down! Some did not withstand the wolf and others did not fall down!
Taking what they learned from the first try, partners again got together to create a plan for their house. Many on the second time around were able to build a house that the poor wolf could not blow down!
At the end, the big bad wolf constructed a house and everyone tried to blow it down! -- it didn't work :)
Who knew problem solving could be so much fun!
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May/June Mystery Readers

Aiden's mom came in and read a Mo Willems book, "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" I was out and didn't get a picture, but the kids love the Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie books that Aiden let us borrow for the week.

Please Touch Museum Field Trip

We had so much fun on our field trip. We learned a lot and had fun doing so!

First we did a group carousel ride....FUN! Then we found huge building blocks and could create and build...even into the walls! In the transportation section, we got to sit in a real car and pretend to put gas in it. We shot off air rockets and pretended we were astronauts.

They had a place set up like a McDonald's and we had fun serving food.

The CHOP area was so much fun! We put babies in an MRI machine and saw X-Rays.

We had so much fun, that some of us fell asleep on the bus ride home.

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The Butterfly Life Cycle

We have loved watching the butterfly life cycle happen right in front of us! We kept a butterfly observation journal to keep track of the journey from caterpillar to butterfly. The best part was when we were able to observe them and then release them outside! In all my years of releasing butterflies I've never been able to get one to stay on my hand. I was very excited that one hung out and the kids got to see it up close and personal!


We also learned a lot about butterflies. Check it out.

Michael- They taste from their legs.

Eli- They taste with their feet.

Joanna- When they come out they have to dry their wings.

Aiden - They have 10,000 eyes.

Owen - They like to eat oranges.

Connor - They eat oranges.

Sophia - As the monarch gets closer to becoming a butterfly the chrysalis gets lighter.

Kristina- They're scared if you're too close to them when releasing them.

Chelsea - They have 10,000 eyes.

Sophie- Red stuff comes out when they come out of the chrysalis.

Cadynce- They can have different colors.

Veronica - They have 10,000 eyes.

Peyton- Red stuff comes out of them.

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Measurement

We've been practicing measuring things using both standard (ruler) and non standard units (links, paper clips, string) of measurement.

Thank you!

I wanted to take a minute to thank each and every one of you for a fantastic year! We have had so much fun in Kindergarten and learned so much! I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and a terrific first grade year!


Love,

Mrs. Paulhamus

Mrs. Amy Paulhamus

Kindergarten Teacher
Chesterbrook Academy
Collegeville, PA