Today we had our on-campus field trip. We got to visit "Space: The Final Frontier." The activities included using our head as Earth, a lamp as the sun, and a foam ball as the moon. This showed students how the Earth's rotation creates the phases of the moon. The students made their very own sun-clock. (They should have brought this home today.) They also got to use view finders (which most had never used and were amazed) to see pictures of space. These kinds of activities not only expose the students to new and exciting information, but allow them to make connections with the new information. Don't forget to ask your kiddo what he/she learned today.
As I'm sure you've noticed we have been doing lots of fun activities in class, but I haven't posted about any of them. I am currently in the process of getting all of the photos off of my phone and on a computer so that I can share them with you. Over the next week or so you will see many blog posts on here from making play dough to the Fun Run. I can't believe that I didn't make a post at all in October. Thank you for being patient with me, and I know you will be happy to see what is coming soon!
The past two weeks the students have been learning about matter in science. We have discussed how matter comes in three different states: solid, liquid, and gas. We have completed thinking maps, word sorts, and even some cool experiments in science lab. To demonstrate how the molecules are arranged in each state of matter, Mrs. Nichelson turned our very own classmates into a solid, liquid, and gas.. No, she's not Elsa and didn't freeze them. Using balloons and trash bags she was able to give the students a hands-on (and comical) approach to learning about matter. Notice that the solid has lots of tightly packed molecules, the liquid molecules are more sparse and have more room to move about, and gas has very few molecule and plenty of space to move about. The students then illustrated what they learned in their interactive science notebook.
Today has been a great first day. I can already see the students building new friendships! Today we went over MANY class procedures. Our day was a bit hectic due to the bottom floor flood, but no worries, we still had a great day. I was very impressed by the student's wonderful behavior throughout the entire process. Hopefully, tomorrow will be more structured (aka normal) as we continue to work on procedures and get to know each other. We are going to write our own classroom rules tomorrow!
Thanks for all you do parents! You have some awesome kids.
It was so great to meet each and everyone of you that were able to attend. I can already tell that this is going to be a great school year.
I will be using this blog to share things that we do in our classroom with you. I can't wait to share all of the fun with you!
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