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!
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, we attended Convocation. Convocation is Baker School's kickoff assembly. Mr. Howe encouraged students to be kind in both "easy" and "hard" ways. Being kind in a hard way is when it makes you a little uncomfortable, like approaching a classmate who you don't know at all. Dr. Brown encouraged us all to be bucket fillers this year.
After Convocation, KGP students discussed and illustrated Baker School's unofficial motto - Work hard, be kind, help others.
On Tuesday, we learned about the letters F and T and the corresponding sounds they make. We sorted pictures by beginning sound.
On Thursday, KGP students listened to a book about their five senses. We learned that scientists use their five senses to learn about the world around them. Each student picked an object to observe and draw in his/her science notebook.
KGP students were introduced to science this week. In kindergarten, much of our science curriculum focuses on exploring the natural world using our senses. Students listened to the book, What Is Science?. Afterwards, the class engaged in a discussion about science and what scientists do and look like. Each child has his/her own science notebook that will be used throughout the school year. Everyone drew a picture of a scientist, and then had the opportunity to share their picture and thinking with the group.
Today, we went outside to observe a tree outside our classroom. We will observe this tree periodically throughout the school year to watch for changes.
We explored maps and other geography tools. We also found our homes on Google Maps!
We learned how to tell time to the hour, and played time memory. We matched the digital clock to the analog clock.
We brought back some of our favorite math centers to practice our addition and subtraction skills!.
We observed our sunflower plants one last time before sending them home! They have outgrown their little cups and need more space outdoor to grow!