Shamrocks and Science

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The past couple weeks have been a ton of fun in our classroom! The week before spring break we spent some time investigating living and nonliving things. We listened to some fun songs, and watched some videos that taught us the difference between living and nonliving things. I am sure you have heard the “It is living” song in your house by now:) If not, ask you child to sing it to you.. I promise they know it! Haha! Here are some of the things we did:

Below, we spent some time learning about characteristics of living things. Then we worked together to sort items into categories “alive” or “not alive”.

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Below you’ll see our living and non-living scavenger hunt. The students had to find the containers with numbers on the outside and determine if the picture inside of the container was a picture of a living or a non-living thing. They had to write the terms “living” or “non-living” next to each corresponding number. I spent time circulating during this activity asking each student why they thought the way they did. I was proud to see such “higher level” thinking present in our class! These kids are problem solvers! When everyone was completed, we met as a class and compared and discussed our answers.

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 Here we made a chart by searching for living and non living things in magazines.

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 The grand finale of this unit was our Earthworm VS. Gummy worm investigation. We started by observing a gummy worm. Does it move? Does it change and grow? Does it breathe? Does it eat? After answering a few questions, the kids determined that our gummy worms were, in fact, not living. Next, we got to look at some earth worms. Does it move? You bet it does! Does it breathe? Yep! Does it eat? Hmmmm.. What do worms eat? We had to investigate! We watched a short video all about earthworms and how they live and benefit the earth. After some research, some poking and prodding, some squeals of excitement, and a couple tears, we determined our earthworms were, in fact, ALIVE. After we were done with our investigation, we went outside and set our earthworms free. This was such a good lesson for these kids! They are scientific thinkers for sure! I don’t think they will forget about living and non-living things. 

 
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I was so excited to spend TWO DAYS doing fun, St. Patrick’s Day themed lessons. Then the dreaded stomach bug hit me! I personally think God should have created moms and teachers with iron immune systems! But, as upset as I was to take a sick day and relinquish control for a day, it turned today into a fun-filled day!

We spent some time in the morning reading a book about a little leprechaun that was loose in the school. The kids brainstormed how they would have caught the leprechaun if he was loose in our classroom. They drew pictures of their “Leprechaun Traps” and explained them to me. It was fun to see their creative ideas that ranged from electric fences that would shock the leprechaun to baiting the leprechaun with a cupcake at the top of the stairs and hitting it with a fishing net!

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 We watched a video explaining where St.Patrick’s day came from and learned some of the customs and traditions that are associated with it. We had an awesome discussion about “good luck”  and compared being “lucky” to being blessed. We talked about the things in our lives that made us feel “lucky”. Here is what the kiddos came up with:

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 After all the talk of luck and leprechauns, it was time for some science! We spent some time talking about rainbows. We reviewed the colors of the rainbow and how they are connected to St. Patrick’s Day. Then we made our own ERUPTING RAINBOW! It was so much fun to watch the kids get excited as we added vinegar to each cup of baking soda and hidden food coloring. The students were able to name each color correctly and predict what color was coming next.

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 Next, the students got to finger paint their own rainbows!

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When it was time for some math, we decided that we wanted to be a little more festive. We were lucky enough to have a parent send us some decorations, so we got busy!

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Math is MUCH more fun with some “Irish thinking caps” and “good luck” tablecloths. We ended our day with some green cupcakes and a leprechaun coloring sheet.

The rest of this week we will be studying animals. We will start with the basic needs of animals and then move into classifying and sorting animals into categories.

In pre-k, we will study the letters Ss and Tt and continue to work on number identification from 1-20. We are practicing our pencil grip and trying to form good habits on letter formation.

In kindergarten, we are learning about “or” and “ar” words such as “storm” and “barn”. We are continuing to practice counting by 2’s and are spending time each day writing in our journals. These kids are currently able to write 3+ sentences independently on a topic. I am so proud of them! Watch out first grade!

*Keep your eyes out for notes going home about the 100th day of school and recipe sheets for the art show cook books*

As always, it is an absolutely blessing to teach your kids. I feel so “lucky”! Please contact me if you need anything!

An “announcement only” kind of post

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Hey parents!

I hope you have all enjoyed an AWESOME spring break! I can’t wait to see all of your kiddos tomorrow! This post is to update y’all on some upcoming things for our classroom. Keep your eye out for a post about what we have been learning lately (probably tomorrow).

  • We will be studying animals for the next two weeks. Our class will be taking a “Friday Field Trip” to the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville on March 27th. We will be participating in a special “Animal Encounter” that will be specially formulated for what our class has been learning. The cost will be approximately $20 for one student and parent couple. Mark this date on your calendars. I will let you know more details as I know them!
  • We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Monday, March 30th! This will be a super fun day! All of the students and teachers will be asked to dress up like they are 100 years old. Keep your eyes out for a note with more details.
  • We will be having our Easter party on Thursday, April 2nd. It will be at 2:00.
  • There will be NO SCHOOL on April 6th. The church and all offices will be closed on this day.
  • I will be out April 7th through April 9th for surgery. Janet Rutledge and Michele Cortez will be subbing for me that week. I have a lot of fun things planned for the kids! I will still be available by text/phone.
  • We will be celebrating Earth Day in our classroom on Tuesday, April 22. I will be out on the 22 and the 23 for a family wedding in  my home state of California.
  • The ART SHOW will be on April 30th. Mark your calendars now!

These announcements should catch us up through April. If you have any questions/comments/concerns please let me know! See you all tomorrow!