This week I told the story of Snow White using my retelling doll.
The next day I received an e-mail in my inbox from Snow White and she dropped off a basket of apples for us to experiment with and to use during math.
Students worked with a parent volunteer on Thursday to make magic apples.
Today we had veterinarians come into our classroom so that we could share with them our bear movies and they could teach us about their careers.
I invited my favorite vet, my dad!
This has been a very exciting week. We have been studying bears for the last two weeks. This week we completed our bear videos. Students worked in groups to research. Students drew bear facts and narrated them for their movies. I was just checking the National Zoo's webpage and saw that they named the baby panda Bei Bei. I am looking forward to seeing the kids Monday to share this information with them. Bei Bei means "precious, treasure" in Mandarin Chinese and that he is!
As we were researching we learned how big bears are when they stand on two feet like people. To demonstrate this concept to students I measured students against paper that was 11 ft, 9ft, and 6 ft tall. This was really helpful for students to visualize the actual size of these bears. We learned that black bears and panda bears can be 6 ft tall. Brown bears can be 9ft tall, but polar bears can be as big as 11 ft tall!!!
Today during science we made magic milk as an addition to our unit on colors. Students can complete this activity at home. First, we poured milk into a soup bowl. Then, we placed a drop of each color of food coloring into the center of the bowl. Next, we placed a drop of liquid soap on a q tip and placed it in the center of the bowl. We were immediately able to see the colors disperse and spread throughout the bowl. We then made predictions about what would happen if we placed soap in different areas. We tested our hypothesis by placing a small dab of soap on a q tip and placing it in different areas of the milk. We were able to see the milk move and mix. This is a fun and easy experiment to replicate at home.
What a great first week! We have been singing, dancing, making art, acting all week long. I can tell from week one that this is going to be a great year.
It was great meeting my new kinders! Mrs. Edwards and I are so excited to get to know each of them.