During the month of January we studied the properties of water, living and nonliving things, as well as animal adaptations.
When looking at the properties of water we discussed what are the differences between a solid, a liquid, and a gas. We discussed that everything is made up of parts and that a solid has parts that are really close together. In order to demonstrate this we had a student pretend to be a solid. He put on a trash bag filled with balloons then we had him try to dance. The students noticed that because the balloons or parts of a solid were so close together he couldn't move around or flow. Then we had a student pretend to be a liquid. They put on a trash bag with fewer balloons and they were able to move and flow more freely. The last student put on a trash bag with even fewer balloons and was able to move around a lot. They represented a gas or steam.
Students studied what would melt ice. The students also watched reactions take place by placing vinegar ice cubes with arctic animals frozen in the middle in a pile of baking soda. Students enjoyed watching the bubbles and seeing how quickly the ice would melt.
Students have been listening to nonfiction read alounds by Steve Jenkins. They participated in adaptation stations to develop a greater understanding for animals.
Toilet Paper Goggles: What if you had to turn your whole head to see?
Tongs: If you were a bird what kind of beak would you prefer?
Spoon Hands: What would it be like to have claws?
Penguin Ball Baby: What would it be like to be a daddy penguin and carry your egg on your feet?
This week we have been talking about properties of water in kindergarten. We began the week talking about the three states of water. Students completed an activity called "ice dice." Students were given a piece of ice and a dice. Each number on the dice gave students a different direction.
1. Hold the ice for 10 sec.
2. Blow on the dice for 10 sec.
3. Drop it down the back of your shirt
4. Float it in water
5. Shake salt on it
6. Drop it on the table
Students participated in the activity then discussed what happened to their ice. Students concluded that when ice comes in contact with something warmer than itself it begins to melt. Students were most surprised that salt made ice melt. Students agreed that shaking salt on icy steps might be easier than blowing on them to make them melt.
Later in the week students explored what it means to sink and float. I brought in a grocery bag full of fruit. Students made predictions about which fruits would float and which ones would sink. Ask your child about the results.
At the end of the week we began talking about polar animals and how they survive in the frigid temperatures of the tundra. Our reading told us that one way animals like whales, walruses, and polar bears survive is because of a thick layer of fat they have called blubber. Students participated in an activity called "blubber gloves." Students placed their hand in a bowl of ice for 10 seconds and felt the chill of the icy terrain. Then, students put their hand in the blubber glove (glove with crisco). Students were able to keep their hand on the ice much, much longer.
Today we baked and chased the gingerbread man. We went to every classroom in the whole school and couldn't find him anywhere. We did however find some clues and notes written by the gingerbread man. When we got back to our classroom their was a huge mess! The window was open with a note attached to it. It said, "I've run and run I need some rest. I think a vacation would suit me best." We are hoping to hear from him after winter break. Maybe we will receive a letter or postcard or two. Thanks for helping to keep the magic alive.
In case you haven't made it down the kindergarten hallway in a while, I thought I would share some pictures with you of kindergarten's writing prompts. The picture of the reindeer accompanies a prompt that says, "If Rudolph looked in my window during the holidays this is what he would see..." For this activity students wrote about their own holiday traditions.
After reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" students wrote about how they would make a Grinch grin. Students made their own Grinch and glued on a picture of themselves as a Who from Whoville.
I hope that everyone had a restful holiday. We were all a little blurry eyed coming back to school this morning, teachers included. Last week was a lot of fun perparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. We learned about why we celebrate and different traditions people have during Thanksgiving. Students also learned turkey facts. On Tuesday, before break, students participated in cranberry math and science stations. Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered to run the cranberry stations.