What a week! So glad to have been back to school for a full week. It really does take this long to get back into the swing of things after the winter break but we are finally full steam ahead into our travels around the world. This week we spent much of the week learning about the Arctic and the environment that exists there.
We began the week with some experimentation to learn how ice melts, what we can do to melt it faster and what salt does when it comes into contact with ice. The students not only added colored salt to their blocks of ice but also tried out holding their hand on it, adding sand and adding both warm and cold water. The results were fascinating and beautiful. We also had quite a treat with a full hour of music class with Miss Katie on Monday. It was a long time but the children did a great job being attentive and as always with coming up with their own wonderful musical ideas. I hope you all found the new music materials in your child's cubby today. We will be moving into this material when Katie returns on the 29th.
On Tuesday we jumped right into our Arctic unit by reading a great little non-fiction book called Living in the Arctic in which the children retained a lot of information about life in the Arctic for both animals and humans. After that reading we made arctic collages with icy colors and smooth textures. The children also went "ice fishing" for letters and numbers on Tuesday.
The third day of the week brought some nice warm weather and our first chance to go sledding! The students were so excited to get out on the hill and all had a blast. Before going out sledding we finished our collages, did some more fishing and many students played in the water table with the water beads and arctic animals.
Today was the day of the Polar Bear. We started the morning off with a book about polar bears and continued the theme through art, science, and discussion. Children made polar bear process art projects that all came out beautifully. They also learned about how fat keeps polar bears warm by putting their own finger in ice water and then wrapping another finger in Crisco (fat) and sticking it in the same water. Many children realized that the reason polar bears have fat that is "four fingers deep" is because they have to spend hours and hours swimming through ice cold waters. Lastly the children spent time this morning making Miss Sandy a very nice birthday card and building several creative snowmen!
What a terrific week!
Books from the week...
How Big is a Million by: Anna Milbourne
Living in the Arctic by: Allen Fowler
Ice Bear by:Nicola Davies