A Visit with some Local Artists!!
We got to see and interact with some local artists last week! Amiri Farris and Lonnie Bott came to RCS to our first ever Kaleidoscope Arts Festival! The day of the event, they let students come watch and participate in demonstrations during the school day! It was amazing and great to see the kids so excited about creating beautiful art pieces!
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 had a lot of fun with measurement! Since we have been closely studying eagles, we decided to tie it in with our measurement unit and explore the length of our wingspans!!! Did you know that an average eagle wingspan is 80 inches??? We did a fun activity where we estimated how long our own wingspans were, and then we actually measured and compared them to an eagle’s wingspan! The students really had fun with this activity. We will display it on portfolio night!
We also measured how tall we are! We took the information that you gave us on the baby questionnaire, and we made strips of how long we were as a baby. We then compared them to how tall we are now! It was fun to see how much we have grown!
We have also started subtraction! We've learned that when we subtract, we always start with the BIG number! We then take some away from that big number and get a smaller number! We've started by using manipulatives and making up some fun subtraction stories!
After observing eaglets hatch and being cared for by their parents through an “eagle cam”, it was exciting to receive chicken eggs from Mrs. Megan from the 4H club! We were able to track the baby chicks for 21 days. We looked at photographs on the Smart Board so 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 back on the farm. Even though we miss them, we had a lot of fun with them in our classroom!
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.