## Friday, March 24, 2017

### Fractions and Measurement

We had fun this week creating 2 art projects that incorporated what we've been learning about fractions and measurement.

First, focusing on the fraction 1/2, each child created a colorful 1/2 and 1/2 square of Classroom Fraction "Rug."

Today, we tried to chase the snow away by creating some cheerful spring fractions flowers, focusing on the fraction 1/4.

The kids followed step by step directions and used measurement and their knowledge of fourths to help decorate our wintry looking windows.

## Wednesday, March 22, 2017

### Biomes

As part of our science unit on animals, we have been comparing living and non-living things.

We have learned that since plants and animals are both living things, they both need the same things.

A poem and some videos about photosynthesis taught us how plants get what they need (and also how good they are for our earth!).

In order to observe the ways that plants get what they need from the environment, we created biomes (an area with plants, adapted to an environment).

 First we put gravel in the bottom of a cup to help the soil drain.
 We then added a layer of soil, and noticed that there were flecks of "food" in the soil for the plants.

 After watering our new plants, we found a sunny window to watch them grow.

I asked the kids why they thought we were putting tops on the cups. One idea was so that the grass didn't grow too big. Another was so the water would stay in the cup.

We are excited to discover how these plants have everything they need to live.

Stay tuned and we'll give you an update soon....

## Friday, March 17, 2017

### Measurement

We have been learning about measurement for the past couple of weeks.

Students measured lengths of tape using "baby steps," "basketball player steps,"  and popsicle sticks. They discovered why we get different measurements depending on what units we use.

Estimating is an important part of measurement. Before measuring with inches and centimeters, students learned to estimate how long common classrooms items are.

Finally, we used rulers to accurately measure with both inches and centimeters.

## Friday, March 3, 2017

### Read Across America and Audubon Field Trip

We returned from vacation to a fun-filled week.

Thursday was Read Across America Day, which honors Dr. Seuss on his birthday. To recognize this special day, many classes decorated their classroom doors based on a favorite book. We have been reading and listening to many books by the funny author, Robert Munsch. After a secret ballot vote, the class chose The Paper Bag Princess as our theme. The children had fun creating adorable Paper Bag Princesses and Princes, and some even created speech bubbles for their character.

Be sure to check out our fun door when you come in for your child's conference!

We also had a guest reader come into the classroom on Thursday to read to the class. Mary Dinsmore, who works in Central Office, read one of her favorite books, The Circus Ship. Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures of the kids as they were mesmerized by this fun story.

Today, we had our wonderful field trip to Maine Audubon. A big thank you to our chaperones, Sarah McGibbon, Amy Haskins, Grace Phillips and Holly Karolkowski for joining us. Although it was chillier than it has been lately, the kids were prepared for the cold and really enjoyed their time outside.

We explored how snowflakes are all different, but that they all have 6 sides and are symmetrical. Did you know that the temperature determines the type of snowflake that is made?

We practiced walking like different Maine animals and learned that if we know how an animal walks, it can help us identify their tracks in the snow. It was fun to try to figure out what animals made the tracks on winter snow picture.

The winter scene to the right helped us learn what Maine animals do in the winter. We knew about hibernation and migration. Some new words for many of us were brumation, dormant and active!

When we were outside, we explored a lot. We saw animal scat and learned that examining it (yes, we thought that was funny!) helps us learn what animals eat. We also got to see lots of places for animals to sleep and stay warm in the winter. There were animals pelts to examine and pet. The honking geese flying overhead were fun to listen to too.