Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fall Favorites Weekly Wrap Up

This week was filled with Autumn activities! We wrapped up our study of pumpkins and also learned about bats!
We brought a pumpkin back from our field trip and did some observations with it this week. We measured how tall it was in cubes.

We also measured how many links it took to go around the outside of our pumpkin. We cut it open, and counted the seeds inside. We worked in groups to fill 100s charts and pull the seeds out of the pulp. We ended up with 605 seeds!

We also learned about bats this week. We learned that they help by pollinating plants and eating mosquitoes. One bat can eat about 600 mosquitoes in one hour, so we made 6 sets of 100 to picture how many mosquitoes that is!

We also used cubes to measure the wingspans of 4 different kinds of bats.

We had a lot of group work this week! As we are becoming more independent with skills, I love having students work together to develop those skills! We worked to sort pictures to decide if they showed realism or fantasy. I was impressed with the conversations and reasons my students were having!

 Thanks to all who came to the Halloween Party - the kids had a blast! I managed to get some pictures!

I sent home an orange page with your scheduled conference time on it. Please return the bottom portion so I can make sure I see everyone. Our class is growing by leaps and bounds and I'm so excited to be able to share your child's growth with you!
Enjoy the weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Week Wrap Up

We had a fabulous week learning about pumpkins. We learned how they grow and made life cycles to show the process.

When we went to the pumpkin farm, we got to see real plant parts from the life cycle! The kids did great with all the information we've learned in science.
The owner of the farm read us story called The Very Hungry Pumpkin to teach us about different varieties of pumpkins.

We got to explore with earthworms and talked about how they help the soil. We had some fantastic chaperones who worked with each group.

We had some play time in the play barn.

We got to take a barrel ride - the rain held off long enough for us to enjoy!

We got to pet bunnies.

We got to climb a rock wall.

We got to jump on a bouncey farm.

We read a story on a haywagon (undercover just in case it was raining!) I couldn't get a good picture of everyone together because of the lighting.

We got to play in corn and talked about what animals eat corn.

We went through a maze to discover what animals eat corn. There were raccoons, deer and rats that the kids told me about!

Then, at the end of the day, every student got to choose a pumpkin to bring home!

A huge thank you to our chaperones and the farm for having us! Even with the rainy weather, they made great plans for us so that we had a great day.
Next week, we will learn more about pumpkins - we are going to look inside my pumpkin I brought back from the farm. We are also going to study bats. We have the Halloween Party Tuesday night at 6:30 that is put on by the PTO. Students are invited to come wearing their costume - there will be a costume contest and the kindergarten is going to sing a song! The Book Fair will be open during the party and also Monday-Friday during our lunch recess. If you want your child to shop, please send money in an envelope for them to use.

Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman