The Kindergarten class now has 3 butterflies! One has been hatched all day, but is laying on its side and has not moved much. The 2nd one came out of its chrysalis near the end of the day - all the students came to look at it. The third one hatched right after school. Mrs. Sims captured a few really cool videos of it moving and coming out that the students can see tomorrow!
There are several more chrysalises inside our butterfly house, so hopefully many more will emerge before Monday.
This afternoon, the PM class got to visit the grade 1/2 classrooms! They met 3 of the grade 1/2 teachers, and each had a grade 1 buddy who taught them to do 'read to self'. Read to self is a routine that is done frequently in the grade 1/2 classrooms. Please ask me how you do 'read to self'. Also ask me what I noticed about the grade 1/2 classrooms and the expectations there. The AM class will get to visit Grade 1/2 next week.
Today both classes enjoyed playing with our new (loaned to us) TanoPipe center. This center consists of some different shaped bases as well as PVC pipes cut to different lengths, and different kinds of connectors. It is really fun and flexible to build with. The children really enjoy it and there are enough parts for many to play at one time.
Today in Kindergarten the morning class worked on writing books about caterpillars and butterflies. Ask me if I am writing a fiction or non-fiction book! The afternoon class played a math game sorting different ways to represent numbers.
Today in Kindergarten the children were excited to see the chrysalises hanging up. We also watched a video showing a monarch butterfly coming out of its chrysalis. The children were entranced. Hopefully we will get to see at least one of our butterflies when it comes out of its chrysalis.
During our buddy time today, our grade 3/4 buddies helped the Kindergarten students play a great math game about ten frames (not sure if I have mentioned it before). The link is illuminations.nctm.org/activity.aspx?id=3565
Many of our caterpillars have now become chrysalises! The ones that formed a good 'button' to the top lid of their feeding container are now hanging from our butterfly basket, and the others that are chrysalises but didn't form a good web from the top are laying in their containers. We look forward to seeing the transformation take place!
Here is a song that PM Kindergarten has been singing almost every day:
The AM class brainstormed their wonderings about the caterpillars a few days ago and came up with questions like: What will the painted lady butterflies look like? Why are they called painted lady butterflies? Will all the butterflies come out of the chrysalises at the same time? What will they drink? What shelter will they need?
Today the PM class thought of some of their wonderings. Why do they need to be in a chrysalis? Where will they fly to? Will a butterfly change colours after it hatches? How will they make a home without hands? Will people step on caterpillar eggs?
We look forward to exploring some of these questions with the students and seeing the transformation of our caterpillars into butterflies!
Today in Kindergarten the AM class worked on printing. We sorted uppercase letters based on how you print them. If you pick up your pencil when writing a letter you call it a "Froggy Jump", if you use the letter C you call it a "magic C" and if you do not lift your pencil you call it "Continuous. Students did a great job concentrating on proper letter formation and sorting the letters.
Thursday and Friday the grade 3/4's are hosting a book sale. Teachers donated gently used books and the students are selling them for $1 a book. Children can buy a maximum of 5 books. All of the proceeds will go towards their Buddy Bench. If you would like your child to purchase books please send money with them tomorrow.
Today the AM class tried out one of the songs that they may sing for the year-end celebration! They also reviewed numbers in several different ways: by tracing, coloring amounts, marking ten frames, tracing the letters, and drawing the numbers. The PM class was re-introduced to a neat 10 frame game on a math teacher's website. The link is illuminations.nctm.org/activity.aspx?id=3565.
The PM class also got to play with the parachute during outside PE time. It was very challenging in the wind, and also challenging to have everyone do the same thing at the same time. A good exercise in cooperation!
Today in Kindergarten we observed changes amongst some of the caterpillars. Some of our caterpillars have gone into a chrysilis. The AM class read two books about caterpillars, a fiction and non-fiction book. Then they started working on creating their own book. They could choose to make their book fiction or non-fiction.
Today in Kindergarten we talked about the ducks being dropped off at the farm. The ducks were very happy to join a big family of ducks. Farmer Kathryn is going to take good care of them and plans to use them for breeding new ducks next year. The ducks will remain in a pen with about 20 other ducks until they are more mature and have their adult feathers. Then they will have the ability to roam the farm and swim in the pond. Fun Facts: The farm also has lots of chickens, 4 roosters and a big duck named "Wadler" who thinks he is a chicken!
Here are a few pictures of the ducks being dropped off at the farm and a video clip.
Today the AM class had their last day with the ducks, and then Mrs. Olver took them to a farm where they will grow up in a natural environment. Both classes wanted to keep the ducks, and had conversations about what would be best for the ducks. The AM class voted today on where the ducks would be happier, on the farm or in the classroom. 17 kids thought that the farm was the best place for them, while 6 remained convinced that the classroom would be better for them. Even though it was hard to say goodbye, we are glad that we had one week with Pecky and Toot-toot.
This week both classes got to experience playing outside with little flags. The math flag game went like this: students planted several flags on our outdoor center grassy area. Each flag had a number written on it. Then each student came to an adult to get a 'more' or 'less' card as well as a card with a number on it. If a student got a 'more' and a '6' card, they would need to run around to find a flag with a number greater than 6, and then come back with all 3 things to the adult to be checked off. Then they got another 2 cards. Students in both classes were very engaged with this activity that combined movement with reasoning about math. The AM class also played an alphabet version of a flag game.