Posted on March 26, 2017
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Newsletter 26 (March 27-31)
Last week we wrapped up our water unit by reading the book Water Can Be by Laura Salas. The children got to identify all the different roles that water can be and compare it to what kinds of water we have in school, as opposed to what kinds of water we can’t have in school (rivers, waterfalls, and so on). We also discussed how living things such as plant, animals, and humans need water to survive.
In the art center, the children got to use sponges and paint to make art work. We talked about how the paint is absorbed by the sponge. They also enjoyed using a spray bottle at the sand table and watching the sand become saturated with water. We also talked about how the water is absorbed by the sand.
Next week we will be starting our new unit on Plants by reading the book Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner. We will be focusing on the idea of “What are plants?”
Posted on March 19, 2017
Newsletter 25 (March 20-24)
Last week the children helped read the wordless book Float by Daniel Miyares and then visited the writing center to create their own books. At the water tray we also explored many different objects which can either “float on top” of the water or “sink to the bottom” and discussed why we think this happens.
We experimented as a class with different substances in water such as coffee, sugar, salt, flour, and oil. We looked to see if substance dissolved in the water or not. We observed that only the sugar and salt dissolved.
In the science center the children had the opportunity to make boats out of aluminum foil. They then looked to see how many bears would fit in their boat before it sank.
This week we will be discussing how water is important for all living things and how it helps us.
Posted on March 13, 2017
Newsletter 24 (March 13-17)
Last week we explored how temperature affects water. We read the stories Rain! by Linda Ashman and Snow by Uri Shulevitz. We discussed the way water freezes and turns to ice and also boils and becomes steam. The children experimented with ice and watched as it melted. We also looked and discussed the way salt helps to melt ice faster. In the art center the children enjoyed making umbrellas and rolling dice to see how many drops to add. In the writing center the children talked about writing recipes for alphabet soup.
Next week we will be exploring what happens when we put things in water. The children will be experimenting with objects that sink or float as well as experimenting with substances that dissolve in water.
Posted on March 5, 2017
Newsletter 23 (March 6-10)
Last week we started our unit on Water. We read the book Water Dance by Thomas Locker. The children got to do their interpretive dance of how water moves in different ways (waterfall, rain, storm, etc.). The children had fun acting out their dances. We got to brainstorm various uses for water, including drinking, washing, and having fun! They also got to use their paper boats that they brought to school to predict and test whether they would float or sink at the water table. The Dramatic Play Center now has been changed into a weather station. The children have enjoyed reporting the weather for the camera!
Next week we will be exploring how temperature affects water by doing experiments with the 3 states of matter- solid, liquid, and gas. The children will also be learning the steps to the water cycle and how it works.
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