Moving on to Senses

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Learning about honeybees was so fascinating. I learned so much that I did not know before and hopefully the children enjoyed this unit and learned a lot as well.

We are now moving on to a unit about our senses and how they help us know what is going on in the world around us. We will learn about how our bodies are simply amazing! Messages sent along our nerves to the brain help us to figure out what we are seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, or smelling.

We started off the unit by using a hot air popcorn popper to pop popcorn and noticed how we used all of our senses in this experience. We then took a “senses walk” around the campus and used tally marks to record the things we noticed using our senses. We discussed which sense they used the most and least on our walk.

Here are the main activities and skills we have been working on for the last two weeks:

 

Reading

  • Read aloud: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle and Mary Wore Her Red Dress; we focused on the repetitive text, the sequence, the characters, the sight words, action words, and color words
  •  We made a class book from our reading time with our third grade buddies using photos and repetitive text
  • Learning about vowels
  • Reviewing what a letter, word, and sentences are
  • Reinforcing letters and sounds
  • Retelling stories
  • Discussing the relationship between story and illustrations
  • We are adding color word songs to our Song and Poem binder

Writing

  • Generating ideas for writing
  • Telling a story “across the hand”( beginning, middle, and end)
  • Thinking about how authors come up with ideas to write about
  • Practicing noticing details and colorful words in texts
  • Stretching our writing through more detailed illustrations, labels, words, and sentences
  • Going back to previous work and “adding more”
  • Letter formation practice
  • Recording dates on our work

 

Science

  • Making a list of what we know about honeybees
  • Choosing a fact about a honeybee to write about
  • Showing parts of the honeybee using paint or oil pastels (check out the hallway)
  • Learning about the “honeybee dance”
  • Introduction of our science journals
  • Making “honey pops” using honey, water, and fruit and observed what happened when we put them in the freezer
  • Doing a science experiment with our third grade buddies- the question “How many drops of water will fit on the head of a penny?” The children made their hypothesis, we learned about surface tension, and then they did their procedure

 

Math

  • Learning about coins- their characteristics and value
  • Sorting coins activity
  • Patterning activities
  • Math journals
  • “Counting on” game
  • Name, weather, temperature, and morning question graphing
  • Skip counting by 5’s and 10’s

 

Social Studies

  • Using our “big voice” (being assertive) to solve our problems
  • Looking for classmates who are being helpful
  • Seeing the best in each other and making “see the best glasses”
  • Learning the presidents on our coins
  • Learning the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Here is what is coming up:

  • We will be walking to the Legatts’ (Zach) home to eat snack in their sukkah on Wed. Oct. 15 at 8:45. If anyone wants to walk with us, we will be gone for an hour at most.
  • We will be walking to the post office to mail a letter the week following- date to be determined
  • The first Family Project assignment will be sent home next week- I will send home a paper copy in Next Monday’s folder and also as an attachment- it will be in conjunction with our senses unit
  • We have our first driving field trip on Oct 30 to the fire station- Caroline Legatt has kindly consented to coordinate field trip drivers so be watching for an email from her
  • Our “Super Senses Celebration” tentative date is Thursday, Nov. 6 from 2:15-3:15 where the children will invite their parents, display their Family projects, and participate in senses learning stations together with their parents.
  • Please also mark your calendars for our Thanksgiving Feast (which the children and I will cook for the parents) for Thursday, November 20 at 12:00 noon (You may not want to purchase school lunch that day if your normally do)

 

Just a few reminders:

  • Please label your child’s snack as there are children who sometimes either do not remember which one is theirs or another child has a similar one and takes it by mistake
  • The children have been doing a great job of taking care of their responsibilities in the mornings and parents have been extremely cooperative in allowing them to come down on their own, however, please take some time to see the children’s work on the bulletin boards at a time other than morning drop off
  • Remember to read, practice sight words, and fill in the practice graph each night, then bring the graph back when completed
  • Monday folder need to return on Tuesday morning (empty)
  • Library books need to be returned by Wednesday in order to check out a new book on Thursday

Senses walk

Senses Walk- What fun!

Honey pop for website

Making “honey pops” with honey, water, and fruit

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More fun in the kitchen!

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Get the fruit in and then on to the freezer!

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Cleaning up our mess

popcorn for website

Popcorn popping- what better way to use all of our senses?