Math this month has focused around MEASUREMENT! We began by comparing different objects and deciding which ones were longer, shorter, and taller. We have used special math tools like rulers, yard sticks, a balance, and a scale to compare different objects in our classroom. We have just started learning about this skill since returning from Spring Break and are beginning to understand the difference between length, height and weight and are learning how to compare measurements of each one.
After observing eaglets hatch and being cared for by their parents through an “eagle cam”, it was exciting to receive eggs from Mrs. Megan from the 4H club! We were able to track the embryos for 21 days and were excited to research to determine what might be growing inside the eggs. 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 they are happy and living on a farm.
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. Next, we will make this learning more personal as we begin to examine our own beginnings!
During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing a lot! We have been working on nursery rhyme books this week which. These help us practice our sight words, cvc words, rhyming and illustrating while also going along nicely with our study of ourselves as babies. We have also connected this learning to our upcoming Service Learning experience at Little Brown School where we will read this books (and others) to younger children. Did you know that being read to 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 are finishing up our Beginnings animal research projects! Our writing has come so far, we are now successfully using sentence structure, punctuation, and writing more than one sentence!
Our buddies visit us each week when possible! This time is so special for the kids. We spend a lot of our time together working on projects, but sometimes we get a chance to read or play together as well. We are excited about an upcoming collaborative project with “gratitude” as the focus! The 8th Graders will display this project at our upcoming portfolio night! In addition to this, our buddies also connected in to our measurement study and origins unit by helping us to measure the size of a bald eagle at different stages in its development. We will use these measurements to begin to draw the eagles and are excited to get to paint and display them. As the year gets close to the end, our buddies (and us!) get busier and busier and we realize that we will not get to see them each week. We look for ward to seeing them as often as possible and are grateful for the time we get to spend with them.
We had a wonderful time at our Artrageous Field Trip! It was great fun and some of us even got to go up on stage! We loved getting to see art made live, dance and party!