Spring has Sprung in Room 1
Maple Sugaring: Early spring means tapping the maple tree and collecting sap. We boil the sap in our classrooms and it turns into deliciously sweet maple syrup. The children all get a chance to see the sap boil down and taste the syrup. We celebrate the end of the process by having a pancake breakfast.
This Thursday was our traditional pancake breakfast and the children loved eating the pancakes and sharing their knowledge of the maple sugaring process. Here are some pictures from our breakfast. A special thank you to all the parents who helped up serve and clean up!
Classroom Gardens: We planted radishes and snap peas in our classroom garden this week. We will be watching them grow throughout the spring. Deborah Niles, one of our second grade teachers, coordinates the garden program. If any parents or family members are interested in helping with the gardens you can contact Ms. Niles about volunteering. Her email address is Deborah_Niles@wayland.k12.ma.us.
The frog spawn has arrived: Spring also signals the arrival of frog spawn and the start of the frog life cycle. The frog spawn arrived today and we will be observing and recording how they grow. We will read about frog habitats and life cycles as well as the way they have adapted to their environments. We will be reading and learning a lot about frogs and making our own non-fiction "All About Frog" books too.
We are growing wood frogs. These frogs are native to this area and lay their eggs in vernal pools. We will also be learning about pond habitats. This is a great time of year to take a family field trip to one of the local ponds in the area to see what's going on.
Learning About Light: We are still in our physical science unit about light and sound. The children finished studying about sound by making their own instruments. They experimented with how to make parts of the instrument vibrate in ways to made sound. They also experimented with ways to adjust the volume and pitch.
Now we are learning about light. He talked about natural and man-made sources of light. We discussed how shadows appear when something blocks a source of light. We also talked about how some materials are opaque (able to block light completely), translucent (able to block some light but still allow some light to go through) and transparent (allowing most like to pass through it). We will continue learning more about light and color after vacation.
March Madness: All three elementary schools across the district participated in reading 16 non-fiction picture books throughout the month of March. The children voted on their 8 favorites and then they were shared again and they voted for their 4 favorites, then 2 favorites and finally the most favorite. The winner was Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick. It is the story behind the character Winnie the Pooh. The children really enjoyed hearing all the books and being part of the voting process.
Folktales: The children finished the unit on folktales by writing their own folktales with a partner and sharing them with the class. The books are part of our classroom library collection.
We will be moving into more non-fiction writing about frogs. A trip to the library to get and read some non-fiction books or magazines about frogs and ponds is a great way to supplement this unit.
Fundations: Spring and sprung go along beautifully with our Fundations learning. We are learning about two and three letter blends just like in spring and sprung and skunk and clump. We are also learning about digraph blends such as those found in shrunk and three. We have also added eight new trick words to our list; any many how now down out about and our. These words have the vowel combinations of ow and ou that we have been recently introduced.
Math: We are again finishing our unit on advanced addition and subtraction and will be moving into learning about money and geometry. Playing games and doing activities that require your child to add money are great practice for this upcoming unit.
April Vacation: Beginning at the end of the school day Friday, we will be having our spring vacation. Hopefully everyone will have a chance to relax and recharge. The last part of the school year tends to go so quickly. Enjoy!