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?

March 17th

There was a lot of green and some shenanigans happening in our classroom today! Be sure to ask your child all about it! 🍀

Teddy bear mischief!

What a fun week before vacation!

We celebrated Read Across America week with themed days, Dr. Seuss books, and fun activities! We made our very own Wockets in pockets and Cat in the Hat masks complete with rhyming words. We also read using flashlights!

One day last week when we came into school, Echo the Owl was in her nest with an egg!!!

We had a teddy bear sleepover with bears from home as a fun addition to our study of NH animals in winter. We sorted and graphed gummie bears, introduced our bears and had a picnic in our classroom. We tucked our animals in our bear den Thursday and here's what we saw Friday morning!

Our week so far...

We have been having a wonderful week filled with reading excitement as we celebrate Read Across America! I have seen so many creative and fun outfits and our class is very excited about it. We have read many Dr. Seuss books in honor of Dr. Seuss' upcoming birthday and are really good observers who are making many text to text connections. 

Some of the things we have noticed about Dr. Seuss: 
He used lots of rhyming words
He also made up pretend words 
He told funny stories sometimes
He must have liked to draw
We like his books!

During literacy, we continue to have guided reading groups and centers. We are practicing a variety of skills such as reading and writing consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC) words such as pig. We also noticed that we are getting so good at reading real words that we can even read some nonsense words such as pim and lut! One of the reasons we are practicing make believe words is to help us solidify our letters sounds and to see if children are able to blend sounds together to form real words. If we did this using real words (which we do all the time) only it would be hard to determine if a child is recognizing the word by sight or really isolating the sounds. This will help us as we read and write more challenging words.

In math, we continue to practice identifying teen numbers and looking for patterns in higher numbers. We are also practicing identifying and describing 2D and 3D shapes, counting numbers accurately, composing and decomposing numbers (see prior blog post), ordering numbers and writing numbers! 

Here we are writing numbers in shaving cream, salt, water beads and making wikistick number rubbings:

During Writer's Workshop, we have begun a new type of writing called how-to writing. We did our research by looking at many how-to books about lots of different topics (ex: how to-skate, play golf, build things with duct tape, make spring crafts, play soccer, do gymnastics, grow a garden, cook) to see what they have in common. We noticed that many times they have steps in them and are about topics the author knows about. How-to books are made to help teach people and we have so many experts on different topics in our classroom. Even though we are just beginning this type of writing, I am already learning a lot from the experts in our room!

We have been learning about bears and hibernation and even watched a webcam feed of a real black bear and her cub while they were in their den hibernating! We also talked about migration. Did you know that birds aren't the only creatures that migrate? Children continue to enjoy quiet reading time in our very own classroom bear den!  

During quiet time, we continue to practice relaxing our body and mind, belly breathing and have even done some guided imagery. We discuss and practice why it is important to take time for ourselves to be calm and refreshed.