News from LB, Claudio, and Becca

May 22, 2014

We have been working on our animal theme for the past few weeks. It started by discussing what makes an animal an animal, and then classifying animals into: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. After exploring some illustrations by Eric Carle we set out to create our own water-colored construction paper animals. The results are quite impressive, and on the bulletin board outside our classroom. Now we’ve taken interest in the features of predators, like sharp teeth or beaks, talons, venom, speed and camouflage.Last week we walked to the public library to kick off our 2nd grade projects. Students checked out three books on their topic to begin their research. While the 2nd graders are hard at work on their projects, the 1st graders have begun writing poetry. We’ve written about wishes and wonders, as well as reflecting differences of “now and then.” It was especially fun sharing our poems with one another in circle at the end of the week. Some of the imaginations of these students really took me by surprise, and I could see they were delighted by one another’s ideas.During “Becca Time” we are studying plants. Students chose between planting kale, cucumber, or basil last Thursday. Over the weekend many of our plants have sprouted, though some are still waiting. Students are making predictions about the different results, and we have started writing and illustrating plant journals to record the process. I am excited to see how the students’ journals will develop as their plants mature, and what they have to say about what they observe. In the coming weeks we will be incorporating math and culinary skills by graphing plant growth and making some delicious food. –Becca

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