It might not look like winter outside but we are in the midst of it in our classroom! We have been having a lot of discussions about snow and cold weather.
What do you notice in the winter?
It's cold. -Mazee
It's cattywhompus because it is a hard time to feel better. -Emilia
It is windy and the leaves fall down. - Lizzie
Sometimes it snows. - Elle
I have to wear my gloves and hat. -Amelia
What do you like to do in the winter?
I like to build a snowman.- Becca
I like to catch snowflakes on my tongue.- Nora Cait
I like to decorate my house with Christmas stuff. -Ruthie
I like to go in the snow. - Ellen
I like to hang my ornaments on my tree. - Blair
I like to make snow angels and have a snowball fight with my brother and sister. -Maggie Kate
I like to make hot chocolate.- Brianne
Snowflakes have 6 sides! - Blair
As part of our snowflake study, we have been talking about symmetry. Each girl created their own snowflake by using the mirror on the light table. They crafted one half of a snowflake on a mirror and they could see the symmetrical reflection in on the other side. They thought this was pretty cool!!
What will melt the ice the fastest?
This week, the girls had a chance to investigate to what will melt ice. First, the girls observed what ice looks and feels like. Then, they made predictions as to what would melt the ice. Would it be sugar or salt? Would it be warm water?
Ice feels thin.-Blair
It's so cold!- Brianne
The ice is slippery and wet.-Zayhah
I think the salt will melt the ice. -Lizzie
Warm water will melt it. -Ruthie
Next the girls, applied different solutions on the ice (warm water, salt and sugar) and observed which one melted the ice the fastest.
It was the salt and the warm water!!
Warm Winter Wishes
We had a big time celebrating with our friends today. We made ornaments, played a fun game and had yummy snacks to eat! Thank you to the parents who made the party such a big hit!
Throughout the fall, the girls began to notice how some of the trees began changing colors and losing their leaves while others did not, We began talking about why this was happening and doing some of our own research. We watched videos and read books about trees. We learned about the parts of the tree and who lives in the trees. We discovered there were two types of trees. Trees that lose all of their leaves and trees that stay green all year.
Each day as we walked around the campus, the girls observed the differences in the types of trees and collected pine needles, sticks, acorns, leaves, etc. to bring back to the room to further inspect. In our science center, they sorted what they found and they sorted pictures of evergreens and deciduous trees.
A pine cone has seeds in it!
Our study of Thanksgiving began with posing the question above. The girls responses show a strong understanding of gratitude. After discussion of the topic of thankfulness, the girls then illustrated in a mini-book the parts of their life that they are thankful for. The pictures represent one item from each girl's book.
What is inside of a pumpkin?
In science lab, Mrs. Wesson carved out a pumpkin with the girls. They were able to feel the insides and observe the pulp and seeds. Next, the girls worked together to count out the seeds inside our pumpkin. They each put 10 seeds in a cup then reported to Mrs. Wesson and she marked a tally mark on the smartboard. After all the seeds were counted, the class counted by tens to determine the number of seeds in our pumpkin. We had
478 !! The girls couldn't believe it!
We looked at the globe and google maps to determine if we could drive. The girls decided it would be best to fly in a helicopter! The road might be too icey they said.
What are these letters for?
Could we miss school to go to the North Pole? We have lots or car seats. Everyone could fit in my mom’s car. -Blair
You can’t drive to the North Pole. -Ruthie
Yes you can! My dad drove to the North Pole to get my puppy dog. - Nora Cait
We also studied some maps of popular places in our city that we were familiar with. Once we understood what a map looked like, the girls had the opportunity to make their very own map. We decided we would make a map of our campus. We took a walk to all the important places around our campus that we wanted to include on our map.
We went to the new farm, the big tree, the lake, Dr. Ring's house, the playground and our building. Then the girls got to work on their maps of our campus!
There were 6 rabbits, 4 pigs, 7 ducks and sheep and 5 horses and cows. There were 22 animals. They are at a celebration at the park. They are excited to play in the mud and in the pond!