Today students found out what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar...a gas is formed! Such a fun way to teach that a gas does take up space and has weight!
Today we took a field trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. During our guided tour of the Children's Garden, Plants, What Good Are They?, we got to smell, taste, plant, and collect all kinds of plants. Then we toured some of the other gardens and exhibits and made our way to the Butterflies Live exhibit. The Origami In the Garden exhibit was a highlight. What a great way to launch our year-long study of plants and animals!
We started with a picnic lunch outside!
On our guided tour of the Children's Garden we learned all about
Plants, What Good Are They? We planted radish seeds, used flowers as ink on cardboard and learned about many uses of plants. Each student got a small sack to collect plant treasures on our walk.
The Butterflies Live! exhibit was awesome!
A special temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, included metal origami sculptures in the garden and paper origami in the library.
Some groups enjoyed the Asian Gardens, while others climbed a 100 old tree or climbed the tree house. There is so much to see! There is plenty more to explore if anyone wanted to follow up with a family trip.
Today we finished up sharing our Baby Memories, some object or a story from birth to kindergarten. It was so much fun to hear the student's stories about "when I was little..."
'Then we did this cool science demonstration with M&M's. The kid's oohed and aahed throughout the experiment and many said they wanted to try at home, so here is a quick run down of how we did it.
Make a pattern with two of each colored MM around a plate (leaving out the brown). Pour warm (not boiling) water in the middle until it flows half way up the height of the M&M's. Sit back and watch! So cool to watch on the document camera. You can also find a video how-to at the bottom of our STEM page.
During math, we played a partner game called Connect the Dots (bottom middle game) and then tried out some other dot games on our own. These can also be found at the bottom of our STEM page!
After music class we listened to the Dot Song with and without motions. Finally we looked closer at the images of The Dot book before taking on our first water color project, making our own mark with our unique dot pictures. They now make a lovely bulletin board on our window shades! We hope to keep these up through conferences so our parents can see them, but check out the slide show, below.
Many of the students wore their dot apparel today. Look at how cute they look!
Today was our first day of indoor recess and the kids had so much fun exploring all the learning games and toys we have in the room. Loved the creativity, imagination, and cooperation!
Today we made pop up cards to invite our parents to Back to School Night tomorrow night. Here are a few of their fabulous cards!