This week during our Zookeeper focus unit we have been classifying animals! In math we sorted and graphed animals according to their attributes, and in science created our own animals according to their attributes. For team building we created new team names and made team banners for table groups. We also had our class field trip to the farm! We saw many farm animals, learned how milk is produced, and went on a hay ride!
Also, just for fun- we have lift off with the pumpkin seeds we planted! During snack we watched a timelapse video of all the hard work seeds go through to sprout in honor of our hard working pumpkin seeds (and the students’ hard work in reminding me to water them!) Unfortunately it seems the pumpkin home they are nested in is reaching the end, so I plan to replant it.
Math: we began the week by reviewing sorting and classifying attributes and began our explorations into 2D shapes. We explored with Cuisenaire rods, pattern blocks, pattern block tangram mats, and geoboards.
Language arts: We kicked off our Zoo PBL with an introduction to nonfiction and informational texts by exploring different animals during our read aloud time, and even had a chance to meet some of the animals we researched throughout the week at our animal coverings presentation thanks to Tiny Tails to You! They brought a rabbit, chicken, tortoise, hedgehog, bearded dragon, chicks, and a guinea pig to teach us about their different coverings and classifications!
Science: we continued our nonfiction research into animal classifications and even had some earthworms come to visit, we practiced being scientists by classifying the worms in living and nonliving categories. No worries, our earthworm friends were safely released to the garden after our exploration!
In order to identify the life cycle of a plant we focused on the cycle of apples, by reading nonfiction literature and watching an apple tree grow. We used magnifying glasses to identify characteristics of our apples that we learned from our readings. We followed with an apple taste to test to identify our class favorite. We used the apples as stamps to create a bar graph and analyze the data in math!
We read nonfiction books about Fall and compiled a list of things we learned and observed about the season. In math we sorted our leaves by color in preparation for our science experiment. We made a leaf solution in order to separate the colors of fallen leaves!