Math this month has focused around MEASUREMENT! We began by comparing different objects and deciding which ons were longer, shorter, and taller. After comparing objects we began to discuss measurement and read the story, How Big is a Foot? in which a King orders a bed for his Queen and measures how big he needs it to be with his foot. However ... the bed comes back the wrong size! Why? We then traced our feet and measured things around the classroom with our feet. Our measurements were all different!
After learning how to compare objects and measure things with our feet we began to focus on other forms of nonstandard measurement. We measured with cubes, paper clips, and more! See the pictures page for pictures of us comparing objects.
We will continue this learning next week as we dive into weight and learn that objects can be longer and taller but still weigh less than other objects! We will use the balance scale to explore weight.
After observing eaglets hatch and be cared for by their parents through an “eagle cam”, it was exciting to receive chicken eggs from Mrs. Beverly from the 4H club! We were able to track the baby chicks for 21 days. Using a technique called “candling”, looking at photographs and viewing a video on the Smart Board; we were able to see the changes that happen on the inside of an egg shell before the babies hatch. It was fascinating to discover how the embryo was changing each day and what was happening inside of the egg.
After the 21 days, it was exciting to be able to see chicks hatch. After staying in the incubator for 24 hours, we put them in a large tub where we watched them eat, drink and sleep. A week later, we saw how much bigger they grew and the changes that were already happening such as tail feathers and wings growing longer. The chicks have now gone off to their forever homes and we miss them but are grateful that we get to visit them sometimes!
After observing the chicks, students became interested in how other life begins. We have spent the past few weeks learning and research, asking questions and exploring animals and their beginnings. We are now working on creating projects to demonstrate our learning and will then make this learning personal by learning about our own beginnings.
Ms. Beverly from 4H came to visit us again at the end of the month. She brought some special friends with her to visit our children! She brought some of her animals and baby animals from her farm and we were able to observe them and hear all about them. This is one of our favorite activities during our "Origins" unit and the children love seeing all the animals. This year, Ms. Beverly brought goats, ducks, rabbits, button quail, chicks (ones that we hatched in our incubator in our classroom!), and a rescued squirrel. It was a fun and exciting afternoon!