Room 1 News –February Update
Sky and Weather: The children are becoming amateur meteorologist with our new weather unit. We are looking at the sky to see the weather conditions and clouds. We are checking the temperature each day at calendar time. We are keeping weather journals. We learned how anemometers measure the speed of the wind. We have made pinwheels to test if it is a windy day and even designed and built our own wind instruments.
Now we are learning about the moon and how you can sometimes see it in the daytime as well as the night. We are learning how it does not always look the same to us even though its real shape remains the same. We will observe and record the moon shapes at school this week and next week. Then these journals will go home for homework on Friday, February 8thand you will be asked to go outside at night to observe the moon and record what you see. All journals will need to be returned Friday, February 15th. We will discuss out observations at that time.
Here are some photos of the children making their wind instruments.
Field Trip to the Ecotarium: We will be visiting the Worcester Ecotarium on Friday, March 1st. We chose this field trip because it covers two of our new science units (Weather and Sky as well as Sound and Light). We will visit the planetarium there to learn about the moon and stars. We will also go to an activity about sound and light waves. Sound and Light Waves is the topic of our next science unit.
Permission slips went home today to be filled out and returned with a check payment by next Wednesday, February 6th. We ask that you return your permission slips and payments promptly as we must make an advanced payment to the Ecotarium to reserve our space. Parents are invited to chaperone. We would love to have 3 or 4 for each class. The fee for chaperones is $18.00 and covers admission to the Ecotarium and two educational programs.
Friday is Pajama Day: This Friday, February 1st is Pajama Day for the entire school. It is a spirit day event sponsored by the student council. Children are invited to wear warm pajamas and/or bathrobes. This is a fun event, so children can choose to participate or not. Boots and outside gear must still be brought to school as we will follow a regular recess schedule.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner:Our class will be sharing valentines and doing a few valentine activities on February 14th. I will be sending home a class list on Friday. In order to keep with the school and state policies, VALETINES SHOULD NOT INCLUDE CANDY.
100thDay: 100thDay will fall on the week of February 11th. We will do some 100 day activities for math. We will not be asking children to bring in 100 collections.
Math: Our math unit this month is place value as well as addition and subtraction. Children are recognizing that the placement of digits in the tens and ones columns indicates their value as representing groups of tens or single ones. The are practicing adding and taking away groups of tens for any number up to 100.
Non-fiction: Our reading and writing units are all about non-fiction. We have read many non-fiction books including biographies and “how to” books. We have written “how to” instructions and will be sharing them this week. We have also begun reading about penguins and will start becoming experts on these birds. We will eventually be writing an “All About” book about them.
We will be working hard right up to our winter break that begins on Saturday, February 16th.