We have been enjoying watching our tadpole transform before our very eyes! When we got it, it was just a tadpole with a hint of back legs. We named it Froggy. (original - I know!) We've been feeding it special food daily until its front legs popped all the way out and it became a froglet and then we stopped. Currently, its tail is disappearing as it uses its tail for nutrition. Soon, it will be a full-fledged frog! In April we will be discussing frogs and their life cycle in more detail, but we all ready know a lot thanks to Froggy. When we are done with our studies, I will be drawing out a name of parent approved students who would be allowed to take Froggy home for keeps. I wonder who will be the lucky winner . . .
We finished our unit on Nutrition and My Plate this week by working together as a class to create a giant OUR PLATE for the hallway. I was really impressed that all the students were able to name the 5 food groups represented and were even able to tell Mrs. Zierden (who popped in to pay us a compliment on our poster). Ask your child to name the 5 food groups on the poster and to give you an example or two of each. You will be surprised at how much they learned and they may even remember what each food group does to help our body do its best!
Today we got a wonderful tour of our kitchen and cafeteria from Miss Lisa and Miss Nancy. Then Miss Penny gave us two wonderful kinds of snacks to taste - corn nuts, veggies, and hummus AND yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, and granola. YUM!! We learned that we should always try new things and to retaste some things because our taste buds change as we grow.
What a great day to be outside! We really enjoyed learning all about maple sap and how it is turned into maple syrup. We learned about the kinds of trees we get the sap from (sugar maples), we learned how big a tree has to be to tap it (at least 12 inches), we all got a chance to "drill" into the tree to tap it, and we all got to taste the sap (much like sugar water). It takes about 4 trees to produce about 30-40 gallons which is what is needed for 1 gallon of maple syrup! After we were done learning, it was a race to collect sap. Thankfully, despite the mud, we had no wipe outs! Then, we finally go to go into the Sugar Shack and learned how to transform sap into syrup. The best part came when we all got to taste the results of the hard work that goes into making it. Yum!
The Ides of March are here and what a strange month it has been - rainy, windy, warm, cold, quiet, snowy, blowy, sunny, tornado filled, and more. The month is flying by and we have been busy. Mr. Johnson, our superintendent, came to read to us and we also had a visit from an para who brought her hedgehog in to say "Hello". We have been learning about different habitats and nutrition along with our other daily lessons. I hope everyone is reading like crazy and learning their sight words well. This will make math, science, writing, and reading much easier and more enjoyable. It is so exciting to see my students' faces as they realized that they are readers! Besides reading, there are many more activities yet to come and below you will see our Leprechauns and a short writing about where we would hide gold if we were leprechauns. There were some really great ideas! As always, enjoy the moments and stay warm!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! What a week we have had with one more day to go! All week we've been hearing Dr. Seuss stories and completing a variety of activities centered around his books. Today was incredibly busy as we celebrated Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday. We made Cat in the Hat hats, designed a new hat for the Cat in the Hat (you can see them hanging in our hallway if you happen to be in school), plus, we joined in MakerSpace in the library and tried out all kinds of Seuss-like activities, we built our own Who-villes out of paper, watched Green Eggs and Ham, made green eggs and ham, and ate green eggs and ham! Yum!!!! We even managed to squeeze in some other activities, art, recess, lunch, and playtime. Whew! What else is there to say - except to ask, "I wonder if the kids are as tired as I am?" Fun, Purposeful, and Relevant are three words to describe our day. Next up - My Plate, report cards, an early out, a field trip to the Sugar Shack, and more!