Room 18 News

24 April 2015

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May 4th Make up snow day
May 5th No School

May 11th: All School Library books due back

May 15: Author Share Poetry
Thursday May 28th Last Student Day

"I didn't know eggs could be this interesting."

Our Week

Dear Parents,

Peep! Peep! Peep! We have chicks! It’s been very exciting to watch the chick peck a small hole in the egg and work and work and work to get out of the shell! We have seven chicks thriving in the “Chick Condo” we’ve set up in our room We all enjoyed watching the chicks explore on carpet as we sat in a circle around them. We'll all get a chance to hold next week when they are little less fragile.

We continued our egg challenge on Monday by performing some egg-citing eggsperiments. We began with dissecting an egg. We described and wrote about how an egg feels and looks. We used magnifying glasses to help us explore the outside of an egg. We cracked eggs open and we found the following parts: yolk, white, white spot, shell, shell membrane, air sac, and chalaza (white ropy part). We learned about the purpose of the different parts and drew our observations. We have been learning about how a chick develops in twenty one days. We read Egg to Chick, Bird Beaks, and Eggs and Baby Birds to name a few. We labeled the parts of a developing chick.


Our next eggsperiments dealt with the strength of the egg. We predicted what we thought would happen if we squeezed an egg as hard as we could. Most of us thought that the egg would either crack or break. Much to our surprise– we could not break the egg by squeezing it. (If you try this at home, take off your rings. Be careful to wrap your hand around the egg, as if you were trying to enclose the entire egg in your hand. It’s easy to poke your fingers into the shell, but difficult to crush by squeezing.) We decided that this surprising strength would help keep the growing chick safe while its parent sat on it.


Finally, we took four eggs and set them up in modeling clay so they would stand up. We predicted how many books we thought the four eggs would support before crushing. Most of us had predictions under 10. Again to our surprise, we were able to stack 33 books on the eggs for a total of 53 1/2 pounds before the eggs broke!! It occurred to us, many first graders weigh about 54 pounds and we did try to repeat our experiment by placing one book on the four eggs and then placing a first grader on the book. Not quite as successful, the eggs held for a brief second before splatting…such is the nature of science!

Thanks to all who came and help chaperon our field trip to the Jordan Greenhouse. It was a lovely day for a walk. We saw all kinds of interesting plants! Some of our favorites included the sensitive plant, banana, pineapple, Venus flytrap, cacti and monkey dinner bell tree.

All student library books are due back before May 1th. Please help your student round up any books they may have to return to our library.

Have a great weekend!
Laura B.

Spelling Words

We did spend more time than anticipated chick watching and ran out of time for making a spelling list. So, your child does not have a spelling list in their binder. They were most amenable to the idea that I would make it for them :)

because
many
very
would
their
walk
our
are
never
animal
were
where
under
together
really
interesting

Where were you last night? We took a very long and interesting walk.