This week, we began learning about fractions. What better way to divide shapes into equal parts then by doing it with playdoh?! The kids loved being hands on and creative in this small group activity.
We also spent a majority of this week learning about wind. The students worked together in groups to design a maze and use wind (their breath through a straw) to push a marble through their creation. I loved watching them problem solve together!
This week, we began a new unit in math and it is all about shapes! The class has been loving using the shape blocks to describe different properties, sort them by similarities, and even create their own pictures-- how fun!
Our Valentine's Day party was a blast! From cookie decorating to pinning the heart on the fox, we loved every second of it. Here are some photos from the special day.
As Open House approaches, we have been working SO hard on our projects that we will be sharing with you! Here is a little sneak peak of our "firsties" hard at work.
After so much time off, the students were ecstatic to see one another! We spent the morning sharing stories with each other and just catching up. In the afternoon, we played "Find A Friend," which gave the class another opportunity to talk about their doings over the winter break. They had a blast and even learned a thing or two about each other!
Amid all the holiday fun outside of school, we decided to bring some into the class, as well! Last week during our science block, the children were able to use every day items to create extraordinary things such as bridges, wrapping paper, and trees. They were even able to compete to see who could completely remove the stripes from a candy cane (without eating it, of course). We had a blast!!
Building Marshmallow Bridges
Designing Wrapping Paper
Making Trees out of Cups
Removing Candy Cane Stripes
This week, we began learning about motion-- more specifically, pushes and pulls. What better way to learn all about the two than by experimenting on the playground! The students enjoyed an afternoon outside sliding, swinging, and climbing to determine what force they were using to do each action. They were amazed to learn that they were using science during play time--who would've thought!
This week has been filled with lots of hard work and catching up! So instead, I will be sharing pictures from last weeks STEAM Fest (which was a blast by the way)!
This week has been loads of fun with all of the Halloween activities! We decided to integrate that with our science lessons and watch matter change states before our eyes. We placed candy corn pumpkins into a variety of liquids (soda, water, vinegar, and oil) and made predictions about what would happen. The kiddos were so surprised to see that 3/4 of the pumpkins had dissolved the next day! Neat!!