Sunday, September 30, 2012
Our final Monarch butterfly emerged from a chrysalis last week. We were able to watch the emergence, then tagged and released this beautiful creature. Classmates cheered, and shouted "adios" as the butterfly began the long flight to Mexico. We were also able to determine that this butterfly was a male, by the markings on it's wings. your child should be able to explain the markings to you. We have been tagging butterflies as part of the Monarchwatch study. Each butterfly has a tiny numbered sticker affixed to its wing.Researchers can use the numbers on the stickers, to track the journey of the Monarchs. Hopefully, we will be able to track the travel of the butterflies tagged in Room 7 this year.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Each child had a chance to look carefully into a mirror today, and then choose oil pastels to use in their realistic representation of their face. Can you guess who each artist is? Ask your child for some help. We will provide some clues tomorrow.....
Sunday, September 23, 2012
We will be heading to Liberty Orchard tomorrow to pick apples. Please help your child choose appropriate clothing and shoes for a chilly, wet fall morning. We plan to leave by bus at 9:00, and will return to school about 11:15.Please see the Liberty Orchard web site for driving directions if you choose to go by car.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
All of the kindergarten classes gathered in the gym today for a sing-along. We learned a song about the life cycle of a cycle of a butterfly. The catchy tune was fun to sing, and also to dance with. We invited Dr. Ricca, and Mr. Bradley to join us, and many of our teachers joined in too. A special guest, Screetch the owl, also came to the sing-along.
Monarch butterflies, Dr. Ricca and Ms. Rodis at the sing-along
Monday, September 17, 2012
We are going on a field trip to Liberty Apple Orchard, on Monday, September 24th
· We plan to leave school at 9:00.
· We will visit the orchard, pick apples and learn about the life cycle of an apple tree.
· We may even see living things and critters while we are there.
· We will return to school in time for lunch!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
On Friday, we had our first Four Winds Science lesson. The theme for these monthly lessons is "Adaptations". In our lesson we learned about the adaptations that spiders make in order to survive, and to catch their prey.We had a puppet show, looked at some live spiders with hand lenses, then went outdoors on a spider hunt on the school grounds. Many thanks to Emma and Angela for helping with this lesson.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
At FIT ( Focused Instruction Time), we had literacy centers in the classroom.
Mrs. Zahner, our literacy coach, helps kindergarten readers point to each word in their, "I See My Class" books.
Mrs. Michaud helps with the class name/photo matching game.
Mrs. Koch's group works on letter/sound puzzles.
The parent informational night/open house, scheduled for Thursday, September 20th is for students and families in grades 1-5, not for Kindergarten families. We apologize for any confusion. The Kindergarten team is off to a great year and we thank you for all your support. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|The mammoth sunflowers and the kindergarten kids|
|Practicing walking safely and crossing streets.|
Monday, September 10, 2012
|A Monarch Caterpillar|
|An Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar|
On Friday, each caterpillar began to make a chrysalis. We noticed that one chrysalis was hanging down(the Monarch), and the other was jutting out from the stick. They were both green at the start.