Friday, March 28, 2014

To the Zoo!

We went to the zoo, zoo, zoo!  What an absolutely beautiful day at the zoo!  The weather couldn't have been any more perfect.  And the new tiger exhibit is something to see!  Can't thank the parents who came with us enough!   I hope the children came home and told you all about it!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring trips

The children came in bubbling over with news and excitement after the break.  Spring break was filled with trips to the beach and to the zoo and to Disney. Students also made trips to see family. Today one of our students shared his journal about his trip with his family to Saudi Arabia over Spring Break. We found it on our world map. Below is part of his amazing story with pictures!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Eric Carle Day

We had an amazing day celebrating Eric Carle! Thanks to generous parents, we had pancakes while we watched a movie of Eric Carle's books. We made caterpillar necklaces and hats and played Eric Carle Bingo. Thanks to Finn and Paige's moms, we had caterpillars painted on the back of our shirts to commemorate this special kinder unit.  What a fun way to spend our last day before Spring Break!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Narrative Celebration Day

Today we celebrated the amazing writing that we have been doing as part of our narrative writing unit. We had a snack and toasted our great work with an apple juice toast.  Then read our stories to each other! We are talented writers!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Night and Day

We have been working on the patterns of day and night in science class. Small children often think that the sun shuts off at night because they can no longer see the light. We created a model mock up by using a lamp without a shade and a globe. We discussed how the sun constantly shines and the earth rotates showing that there is a constant pattern of day and night throughout the world. The students then created clay molds of the sun and earth to simulate day and night. The children had to place yellow clay on on a large styrofoam ball to simulate the sun. Then on a smaller styrofoam ball (which represented earth)  they had to determine which side facing the sun would have sunlight or darkness. They would represent this by adding blue clay to show daylight and black clay to show darkness. 

We were fortunate enough to have our three fifth grade science leads join us for our mini lesson and lab. As part of the Chets Creek science program our teachers continually work together from Kindergarten through fifth grade to make science integration smooth and interactive between all grade levels. 

Ask your little scientist about patterns of day and night. You’ll be amazed at what they will tell you!