The classroom transformed into a little bit of “Seussville” at the beginning of this month! The kids loved our Dr. Seuss author study, and they were so excited each day to get to read some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books to our special stuffed friends (from Kohl’s!) The Reading Restaurant challenge was to create a “Green Eggs and Ham Cafe”–they were given green play doh, green string, and green markers to create food, menus and recipes! They served their creations to their customers, The Sneetch and Marvin K. Mooney. 🙂
After reading a new favorite, Daisy Head Maisy, and then watching the movie version, the kids created daisy head hats! I had to get a picture!
My junior scientists were THRILLED as we did a mini science lesson about solids & liquids, and then created Oobleck to go with the Dr. Seuss book, Bartholemew and the Oobleck! It is a fantastic story with a message about appreciating what you have, and also saying the important words, “I’m sorry.” Our experiment was all kinds of messy fun, so we took it outside to explore. We were trying to figure out if Oobleck was a liquid or a solid. (You can make your own oobleck at home with cornstarch, water, and a little bit of food coloring.) It is TOO COOL.
When you pick up Oobleck, you can roll it and make it into a ball, but it after holding it’s shape for a few moments, it will “liquify”. So interesting!
Our science learning continues as we study heredity and traits of plants! One of our first activities for this unit was to observe two like plants and identify their similarities and differences. We grabbed our clipboards and took a mini field trip to our school garden!
We were fascinated as we watched several giant bumblebees actually coming to pollinate the flowers! Well, some of us didn’t watch. Some of us ran! 🙂
We took our observations indoors at the writing table. During reading stations, the kids were able to observe a variety of flowers, leaves, and stems, comparing the flowers and checking out some of their parts with magnifying glasses.
During our morning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) tubs, some students were inspired to build their own creative Lego garden!
One of our science lessons began only with a question: Do ALL seeds look like what they grow into? Then I taped 6 baggies filled with different seeds to the front board for observation. I wrote down their guesses of what the seed could be below each bag. I didn’t reveal the seed packet until after the students made their guesses. We discovered that corn and pea seeds look like what they grow into. The other seeds did not look like what they grow into.
In teams of two, we planted “mystery seeds”. We made scientific predictions about what we thought our seeds might grow into–fruit, vegetable, or flower. I am REALLY hoping they begin to grow soon. A little worried about my own gardening skills! HA! 🙂
We also completed a plant STEM activity. The challenge was to construct a model of a tree–with roots, a stem, and leaves–and, the tree must stand upright. The junior scientists were given a list of materials they would be provided with–a cup, soil, straws, and pipe cleaners. First, they had to develop a plan for what they thought they might do before they were given the materials. The students worked in teams to begin constructing their model. Many were surprised that they had to change their original plans, because it was not working the way they had mapped it out! They also realized that working with another friend, they had to share ideas and talk about changes they wanted to make together. When the kids shared at the end, many revealed that they thought the activity was harder than they thought it would be–but none of them ever said that–they kept pushing through, trying different ways to make their trees, and they worked for 30 minutes diligently. So AWESOME. Little engineers at work!
Check out the finished “tree models” below, and their adorable creators:
As you can see, we are definitely “GROWING” as learners this year!