In Literacy, we have been writing a lot! We have been working on nursery rhyme books this month; they go right along with our study of ourselves as babies and the rhymes help with our reading fluency. We are super excited to read our Nursery Rhymes to the littles ones at Little Brown School next month for our Spring service learning project. Did you know that being read to greatly as a young child greatly influences your own reading ability. We can not wait to share our love of reading with the little ones! We wrote about our eagles that we have enjoyed observing and we have started to write about our animals for our Beginnings research project. Our writing has come so far, we are now successfully using sentence structure and punctuation, as well as writing three sentences, not just one!
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. We touched on the subject of weight when we made our birdseed babies this week. They took their pantyhose and filled it with birdseed, weighing it often as they went. When it matched their birth weight, they tied off the hose. The children were amazed by how heavy they were when they were first born!
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.
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