Sneak Peek...

Our practice on the "real stage" at Bow High School. See you at 5:45!




Chicks and Field Trips

Today one of our classmates brought in her new baby chicks! Naturally, we had lots of questions! We learned that there are different kinds of chickens, that you need to be gentle with them and wash your hands after holding them. We also learned that they need to stay warm. Also, different kinds of chickens lay different colored eggs! Thank you for sharing!





We also went on the field trip to the Capitol Center for the Arts and saw Peter Rabbit Tales. Our class was  amazing during the trip and I am so proud of them!






Seeds: We are gardeners! We are using what we know about weather to figure out lots about what plants need to grow. We have observed many kinds of seeds and noted their similarities and differences. The class told me that if I plant a sunflower seed it will grow a sunflower not any other kind of plant! Students have planted beans in our own homemade greenhouses. We have also planted sunflowers, pumpkins and beans in a root view farm so we can see what is happening in the soil not just above it. 




We planted the beans and root view seeds last Friday and when we went in Monday we saw roots and even a small sunflower stem! We will also plant morning glorys and write in our scientific seed journal to note our observations. We are also reading lots of books about plants and learning about the parts of plants.
Monday...

Thursday!


Concert: We have been practicing our concert in Integrated Arts with Mrs. Ricciardi, in our own classroom and on the risers set up in the cafeteria and I have to say, you are in for a treat Thursday night!

Math: We are practicing subtraction! We are learning that subtraction is the opposite of addition and have been playing many subtraction games. One of our favorites so far is subtraction smash where we tell number stories and smash playdoh balls to find the answer!



Here is an amazing block tower many of our friends worked on during free choice:











April 21

Writing:
We are listening to, reading and writing poetry as we celebrate Poetry Month at BES. We are learning that there are many types of poetry and that some poems don't even rhyme! We have made our own poems about colors, earth day and spring and will share them with others on Friday as students and staff at BES will put a poem in a "pocket" to share with others.

Science:
We have been doing more science experiments and learning about weather including the importance of the sun and what makes makes thunder and lightning. Throughout our study of weather we are focusing on why we study weather, the relationship weather has on us and our whole earth and what we can do to be prepared for certain types of weather.

 Wind!

Clouds!

Ask your child about:
~How we used a balloon, a wool sock and a lightbulb to show electricity
~What happened to paper when we put some sunscreen on parts of it and left it in the sun
~How to stay safe during a thunderstorm
~To read the poem they made

Earth Day:
We can help our Earth! By doing things like reducing, reusing and recycling as well as saving water and electricity we can help keep our planet healthy! We also talked about composting, planting trees and flowers, using bicycles instead of cars or carpooling. We made Earth Day promises which are hanging proudly in our hall. We read books such as The Great Kapok Tree, a beautiful book about the Amazon rainforest and then used craypas and watercolor to make a picture of the beautiful rainforest.








Field Day:
Our annual BES Field Day will be June 20th with a rain date of June 21. Tracy Berube (our PE teacher) is looking for people who may want to volunteer that day. Please email her at tberube@bownet.org if you can help out.




March 31

Happy Friday!

Here's what we have been up to...

Math:We continue to learn about addition concepts and strategies and are rocking it! We are playing games to help us solve number stories and addition equations. We even wrote our own equations using dominoes! In conjunction with the study of addition, kindergarteners also continue to practice and explore 3D solid shapes and coins (penny, nickel and dime). 




3D solid shape creations with toothpicks and marshmallows


Science: This week we learned more about the wind through short video clips, read alouds and really fun experiments using a fan! Did you know you can't see wind? Ask your child all about it! We made windsocks and went outside Friday to test them before the snow arrived! Children also demonstrated how wind works by using their breath to blow through a straw to make a paint design using primary colors although they didn't all stay primary colors as we ended up making some secondary colors!

Here were some observations after the windsock flight...

1. When you run fast the windsock goes higher!
2. If you run too fast the streamer or yarn might come off.
3. If you let go of the windsock when you are running it will fly on it's own!
4. Running is hard work!
5. It was fun!
6. I was happy!

Our thoughts about materials that might make windsocks stronger (we are a problem-solving group!!)...

super glue, staples to keep the strings on, nails, fabric, gorilla glue, cardboard, cloth, duct tape, rope, paper towel rolls, rubber, wool, laminate the paper first, real life kite material



Flying our windsocks

On your mark, get set, go!


Wind painting with primary colors, straws and our own wind...


Writing: We continue to make lots of creative how-to books. Children are practicing adding creative introductions and conclusions to keep our readers excited and interested!

Singing: The kindergarteners did a beautiful job singing at the Senior Citizen Lunch and it was obvious it was enjoyed all who attended! Thanks to Mrs. RIcciardi for making it happen.

Reading: You may have heard that my "sister" (faux twin/alter ego reading superhero sister) made an appearance. She happens to be a super reader and likes to fly in the building wearing a cape and mask. She mentioned that if classmates keep up all this amazing reading using their reading strategies and keep practicing their sight words she would let us borrow capes and masks to wear while we read!

I have been hearing a few discussions about some April Fool's tricks that are in the works for tomorrow so be aware!

Science!

As you may have heard, we have been conducting lots of fun weather-related experiments! Since spring has arrived (or has it?), we made a natural transition in our science focus from what NH animals are doing in winter to what they are doing now and how the weather changes. 

As the weather changes and migrating and hibernating animals join us once again, it is the perfect time to answer some big weather related questions. Why is the weather important? How do we dress for the types of weather? Why is the sun important? Does weather have patterns? What about extreme weather?

Right now we have focused on rain. We conducted an experiment where we replicated the process of rain using shaving cream, water and food coloring. We realized that a rain cloud becomes so full of water then it rains! 

In order to do this experiment we used some scientific words such as: materials, hypothesis, observation, water cycle and meteorologist. Here are some of the things scientists do...

1. Gather all the materials we need
2. Follow the how-to directions (nice tie in to our writing of how-to books!)
3. Adjust/change the directions as we learn more while actually doing the experiment
4. Make connections and share their observations
5. Are amazed!


 


Our class also listened to the sound of rain during some quiet time and noticed that rain can be fast or slow. Some classmates shared that the sound of the rain helped them feel calm. What a nice way to end a day...

We also listened to a real rain stick that Mrs. Margolis brought in to share and started making our own version of a rain stick. A huge thank you to families for sending in toilet paper and paper towel tubes for this project! 

We will also simulate rain in a bottle, the water cycle and finish making our rain sticks!

Here we are listening to the rain...















Math fun!

We continue to practice addition (within five) using a variety of items and symbols including the addition and equal sign! A classmate even realized that we can add all the types of weather from our daily weather graph together to see the total days we have charted this month. For example 🌞+ 🌧+ ❄+🌥=days we have graphed!

We also continue to play games, sing about, create, find and explore the names and attributes of solid shapes (cube, cone, sphere and cylinder). Thank you for sending in the 3D shapes you have found (or made) at home. We have quite a collection!

We are also practicing identifying the names and values of the penny, nickel and dime. This can be tricky but we are rocking it! Any practice at home would be great. 

Ask your child about:

1. ST Math on the iPads 
*What has been fun? 
*What was a challenge for you? 
*What did you do if you got "stuck?" (working on perseverance and problem solving)

2.Teen numbers:
*How do you know if a number is a teen number?
(hint: has two numbers, the first number is a one, it means ten and some more)
*Do all teen numbers have "teen" in them?