Sunday, March 13, 2016

Meet Zigzag Our Classroom Goldfish

 Everyone had ample opportunity to observe our goldfish. The children find Zigzag quite amusing and fun to watch. For the next week, we will be observing and documenting information we learn about goldfish and guppies in our science notebooks. Stayed tuned!
After the initial introduction, I had the children think over night of names we could name our goldfish. The next day the children shared their ideas with all of us and we needed to take a vote. From all of the great ideas it was Zigzag that was the favorite. We created a graph to decide the name. 

Meet Zigzag!

  Isn't he/she CUTE????

 Zigzag love zigzagging through his little aquarium.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Forest Friday Looking for Animal Homes

 Pray mantis case. This small case will produce hundreds of small praying mantis when the weather gets warmer. We will continue to monitor.

 Kingbird Nest. Last spring a pair of kingbirds built a nest outside the classroom. We will continue to monitor to see if they return this spring to rear another brood.

Drey(squirrel nest) This is one of the many dreys in the schoolyard. We watch the sqiirrels go in and out of the them. We are hoping to see babies this spring.

 We don't know exactly what lives/lived in this hole, but the children are convinced it is/was a woodpecker.

The children are looking under a log and they found sowbugs (rolypolys) 

Carolina wren nest. A little wren built a nest here last year. We are hoping it will come back again this year too.

Bird house. The students from The Backyard Explorer's Club built these fine little birdhouses in and around the forest. This one was occupied last year by a House Wren. We will continue to monitor this one as spring approaches.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Forest Friday---Looking For Tracks in the Snow

A Snowy Adventure 
 Forest Friends

We're going on a bear hunt? Will we find bear tracks in Jamestown????

  What lives in this little forest in the winter? What birds? What mammals? "Oh look, we found something, Quick, quick come look, Ms. Mitchell! There are tracks!"

Hmm, what could they be? Who do you think left these tracks in the snow?

 Was it a bear???? No, too small! Any other good guesses? Look around, do you see anything moving around. "I think it's a rabbit! No, I think it is a squirrel!"
 "Let's go look for more!"
"I found some, I found some!"

"Wow! These are very tiny! What could they be? A MOUSE, a mouse!"
 ANY ideas??? We need to investigate.

"Look, look, I think I spotted a gnome in the snow or is it a mischievous sprite???

NO, we know who that is!
A snow princess??? Yes, I think so.

A snow angel!!!!  

 Oh, we know who this snow angel is!!!
"Look, a snow mushroom, no wait, 


STEngineeringM with Rig-a-Ma-Gig

Design, build and execute.

 Build something that can lift.

Another structure that can lift.

A collaborative effort to build something that can lift an object.

In our first few visits to Makerspace the children had the opportunity to become acquainted with the materials and practice working collaboratively to create representative structures. As the year has progressed the children's structures have become more elaborate and sophisticated. The children were challenged to build something that could lift another object.