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!
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 began our science unit on structures by spending time engaged in open exploration with a variety of building materials. Check out some of the structures created!
We engaged in a class science talk about structures students have built in the past. The children also talked about what types of building materials they had prior experiences with. We also came up with a class list of "Block Rules."
Our open explorations continued...
KG students went outside to explore the plants and animals around Baker School. They were naturalists. Naturalists are scientists who carefully study plants and animals, as they exist in nature. When we came back inside, the students wrote and drew in their science notebooks about what they saw outside.
You may have noticed that your children are naturally curious about the world around them. They may be especially excited and interested in the animal and plant life they encounter in their everyday lives – chasing butterflies, watching ants crawl on the ground, and noticing plants growing and flowers budding in the springtime.
As part of our science curriculum this year we are studying living things. Your children will develop a scientific approach to their investigation of the outdoors as they become naturalists studying the local environment, looking for living things, and discovering how and where they live. The children will also gain an appreciation and respect for the environment. We are teaching your children to observe and study living things without disrupting or disturbing them. We have begun with open explorations of nature this fall.
KG students observed their Honey Pot Hill pumpkins using their five senses. They each created detailed drawings of their pumpkin in their science notebook. We worked on labeling our pictures and writing details that were observed. Students also measured the height and width of their pumpkin, using both standard and non-standard measurement.
We have been learning about pumpkins, how they grow, and their life cycle. As an extension, we sealed a pumpkin in a glass tank with some soil. Students engaged in a science talk to discuss their predictions about what might happen, based upon the information learned from a few nonfiction texts we read as a class. KGP will observe the pumpkin throughout the school year, watching closely for changes!