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!
We also had a special guest come visit us at school! Ms. Beverly brought some animals (including our baby chicks that we hatched in class) for the students to see and touch! She had ducks, a rabbit, a goat, quail, chickens, a squirrel, and the baby chicks we hatched in class. It was really neat to see how much the baby chicks had grown! The kids were very happy to see them again!
In literacy we have been writing a lot! We have been working on nursery rhyme books this month since they go right along with our study of ourselves as babies and the rhymes help students with reading fluency. We are super excited to read our Nursery Rhymes to the littles ones at Savvy Apple next week for our Spring service learning project! 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 have finished 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! Within our new unit, the students are beginning to develop a strong idea of how to write nonfiction texts and what makes them different from fiction stories (content, tables of contents, headings, labels, index, glossary, etc). As we evaluate texts we use this new information to influence our own development as authors. We have also studied nonfiction pictures and illustrations and are working on creating nonfiction and accurate illustrations. This is a very challenging skill!!!
Math this month has focused around MEASUREMENT! We began by comparing different objects and deciding which ones 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 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!