We spent much of April and the beginning of May learning about the Earth, and ways we can help to take care of the Earth and make it more beautiful. Planting was a hot topic of conversation, and we have now shifted into our planting unit. Students observed three different "mystery seeds" and recorded their observations in their science notebooks. Afterwards, they each planted one type of seed and made a prediction about what type of seed they planted. Now we have to wait, and watch!
At the end of March, Baker School kindergarten students were part of the annual production of Carnival of the Animals. They spent weeks learning about the symphony music and the animals in the Carnival. Each student created their own costume and practiced performing to the music. The show was spectacular, as always!
As we wrapped up our structures unit, we turned our focus from towers to enclosures. Students had the opportunity to observe photographs of a variety of enclosures. They then used classroom building materials to create their own enclosures. They demonstrated a great deal of creativity and inventiveness!
After three snow days, we were finally able to celebrate the 100th day of kindergarten! All of the classes joined together for a memorable activity period. We made 100 fruit loop necklaces, DERDNUH (hundred - spelled backwards!) snack mix, built structures with 100 cups, collected 100 signatures, and played hopscotch and other gross motor games. We were so grateful to have so many parent volunteers join us!
Students were challenged to build the tallest structure they could, using one type of building material. We measured the structures using measuring tapes and recorded the structures in science notebooks. Students quickly learned that some building materials were not great for building tall. Students discussed what would make their structures more stable.
We learned all about the Chinese New Year! Students learned about the Chinese zodiac, and the legend behind the animals included in it. We created paper lanterns, dragons and Chinese fans to carry in our Chinese New Year parade. We were also lucky enough to enjoy an AMAZING lion dance by our very own Mantong, and a friend in KCP!