Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mrs.C.and Mrs.Walsh Seager 4's April 29


                                    Happy Earth Day
Playing "pass the earth" with a world ball.

We read the book Earth  Day by Todd Parr and discussed ways we can help our environment  at Seager.  Here are some of the children’s wise thoughts:
   1.  We can save water by not letting it run so fast.
   2.  Keep our streams clean.
   3.   Recycle paper in the classroom.
   4.  Don’t use so many paper towels when drying our hands.
   5.  Use our water bottles instead of paper cups.

    The class put on rubber gloves and we went on a “what doesn’t belong in nature hike,"  picking up trash from the trails.

These definitely do not belong in nature
The children’s hairy caterpillars were well taken care of and ready to go home to be planted in their yards.  After a long nap in their chrysalis, 4 butterflies emerged.  We let them loose on a warm day. The children said one of the butterflies did not want to leave us because he landed on Mrs. C's leg.  We came across a bag with various flower seeds without packets to tell what they were, so we will all be surprised once they start growing. We will call it our mystery flower bed.
A class of hairy caterpillars

This butterfly wanted to stick around for awhile!

Our mystery flower bed
Letters U and Z were our focus letters these past 2 weeks.  We enjoyed a visit from the Naperville Library and listened to  books about birds.  We danced, used the rhythm sticks to tap along with action songs and learned a few sign language gestures.   The word puzzles were out for making simple words and small groups played a game reinforcing beginning sounds.    The sequencing story cards is something the children can do on their own and helps develop logical thinking skills. They put the cards in the correct story order and then read the story back to a teacher.  The children continue to finish up their alphabet books, work on learning new sight words and reviewing old ones.

Sequencing story cards

The children charted their caterpillar growth for 6 days by drawing little hairs on a squiggly line representing their caterpillar and everyday adding a few more hairs.   We read a funny story called Underpants Zoo and  anything related to underpants gets a chuckle.   After talking about animals in their underpants, we graphed our favorite zoo animal that doesn’t wear underpants. Small groups played Uno, some of the children are quite good at this game.  Small butterfly and bunny erasers were used as counters to work on identifying numbers and 1 to 1 correspondence on a ten grid.  

Charting their grass growth

Working on a 10 grid
Drawing under the table was fun.  The children discovered that they could use dry erase markers on the inside of the acrylic table and their friends underneath the table could copy their drawing.
 Under is also a good way to observe crawling worms.  The children turned over the small sensory table, laid worms on the top and sat under to watch them crawl.
Getting a different view of worms
 We learned that worms do not have eyes or legs, but do have small bristles that help them move.  They breathe thru their skin and yes, they poop.   Those worms were being picked up, placed on pieces of bark, measured on a ruler and stretched just a little bit too much.  They were pretty indestructible, except for the one or two that were stretched longer than a gummy worm. However, an earth worm that loses his tail can grow a new one, but not so sure the same holds true if he loses his head!  We suggested that those “special worms” take a rest in the potted plant because after all, worms are good for the soil. As worms move through the ground, thee make holes that let air and water into the soil which help plants grow.

The children found a shady spot where the soil was soft,  dug holes and carefully placed the worms in their new residence. We never saw worms move so quickly as they burrowed into the soft soil.   We had an extra hairy caterpillar and a grass head in the science center so they planted them near the worms.  Some children used chalk to color bark and small stumps to place around the worm’s new home.

                                         Planting our worm friends and our grasses

Being creative using chalk, bark and tree stumps

                                           Dates to remember:
                      May 5th---No school parent teacher conferences
                      May 10th--Benedictine field trip
                      May 15—In- house field trip “Cold Blooded Creatures”.
                      May 22---Picnic in the park
                      May 24th--Graduation

                                                 Have a great weekend
                                              Mrs. C. and Mrs.  Walsh