Well we started our week off with a fun field trip to MSUM. We got to see the college students perform different music from all over the tropics. We got to get up to sing and dance! The kids really thought the different styles of drums were really cool, as did their teacher! Unfortunately no one from our class was chosen to be a volunteer on stage. Better luck next year!
This week we were continuing our practice with the digraph "th". To change it up and make it a little more interesting. We got to write all our spelling words in shaving cream! The kids were so amazed that spelling could be so much fun. :) We did pretty good on our spelling tests so I guess shaving cream worked!
This week has been filled with spider fun! We are starting to wrap up our spider research and will be writing about our findings next week. This week we answered essential questions such as: how do spiders eat and how does a spider not stick to their own web? We conducted experiments to figure these questions out. Here is a picture of the students sucking up their prey. First we learned that spiders inject a solution that liquefies their prey. (We drop water on our sugar cubes.) Then we learned that spiders don't chew their food they drink it up once it is all liquid. (We got out straws to suck up our sugar and water mixture.) Some kids really enjoyed their tasty snack, while others thought it was gross. It may have been just the idea of imagining themselves as spiders drinking up bugs that got them though. :) Earlier in the week we used tape and oil to discover how spiders are capable of walking across webs with ease. I just love how excited these kids are about our spider research! There will be more to come, please stay tuned for our spider finale! :)
Testing out what it would feel like on the moon. We used flour on a plate to represent the dusty surface the moon has. Then we dropped marbles, "meteors", to watch how it would affect the surface of the moon. We related our craters to the moon's craters. They were so excited to drop them in the flour!
A spider has come to visit us and wants to share how important spiders are. We have begun our research on spiders with our totally decked out spider writing station. The kids are exploring spiders through books, pictures and iPads. They are recording their research at this writing center and turning it into a report when we are finished. We will be looking further into spiders as the month goes on with fun experiments! I love OCTOBER! All sorts of fun in learning ahead!
This was our Moving Day project based on the book we read this week. Since we are focusing on the setting of a story, I thought it would be fun to change the setting of the original story! Each group was given a different setting (rainforest, desert, ND's winter, the moon). They had to design a shell for the hermit crab that would help him survive the element. They also came up with ways he could use his shell to find water and food. They were so clever in their shell designs! Some pictures are hard to see so they will have to explain to you what they put on their shell and why.
In celebration of a friend's birthday we got to do a cool experiment! His mom came in and did the whole thing with them all. She placed dry ice in a container of warm water that had a lid. There was a hose that came out the side and they would dip the end of the hose into a little dish of soap/water. The dry ice would turn the soap bubbles into puffs of smoke as they touched it. Some bubbles they even got to bounce on the table. It was such a fun and easy experiment! They were in such awe of how cool dry ice was! Thank you to that mom for getting everything prepared, what a successful birthday celebration.
This group had to come up with a song for the bear in our story this week. The song had to warn the bear about the pig and what he would do if he let him in. The song was to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." I have a video of them singing their song, if their parents would like it! (please email me) They were so creative with this one!
This group got to use the iPads and recreated the story through a video. They narrated through their video telling the bear what the piglet was going to do if he let him in. They used props from our classroom and were so creative in using what we had to represent items from the story. I have the video saved and if the parents would like it sent to them please email me.
This week we read the classic book, "The Kissing Hand." We talked about some interesting words we found in the story and related the story to ourselves! We also just started school and some of us found it scary just like Chester the raccoon. To end our week and check our comprehension we created posters for the story. Each group had a different story element; characters, setting, problem, and resolution. The kids' job was to try and create a poster that would make people want to read the book. The kids did amazing! They were so creative in their drawings and they also worked amazingly as a team!
This week in math we have been reviewing how to count. In this game, penny dice, they are to roll the dice and then collect that many pennies from the pile. Whoever has the most pennies at the end wins. They have been learning to work together in partners which is a great life skill and also doing math at the same time! We have had so much fun learning new and remembering old games in math. By the end of first grade we will be mathematicians!