Friday, September 11, 2015
As the first week comes to a close, I wanted to let you know that we had an incredible few days. Obviously, too many things happened in the first four days of school so I can not share them all with you. For this entry I will focus on two activities, one math and one science, that hopefully will give you a flavor of the week.
The very first activities combined a "Getting to know you" activity with math. This activity also aligned well with one of our themes for the year, Identity.
We learned more about the identities of the people in our classroom as we did a scavenger hunt that had us "Find someone who..." (things such as: has a brother, is wearing orange, plays a musical instrument.)
Next, we made various Venn diagrams. Two interesting circles were drawn on the board with labels above the circles. In the photo to the right, one circle was labeled "name has the letter "s" and the other "has been to another country". Each of us put a post-it with our name on it in the appropriate place either in a circle, where the circle intersected, or outside the circle. It was interesting to discuss and analyze the results.
The second activity was a Science project that took place over 2 days. Before we started we discussed how scientists do many types of work including researching topics, working in laboratories, and doing field work.
On Wednesday afternoon our first mission was to go into the field and search for seeds. As scientists, we collected samples and were astounded at how many plants we found seeds on. The seeds were a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes.
On Thursday, we used magnifying glasses and microscopes, "tools of the trade", to take an even closer look at our collections. Along with honing our observation skills, we also tried our hand at making scientific illustrations of what we saw.