Starting off the New Year with some creative building and some computer coding!!
This month we began by making a foldable about pumpkins! We studied about pumpkins and learned a lot of pumpkin facts. We measured pumpkin circumferences, estimated how tall our pumpkins were with cubes and then measured to get the best actual height, the life cycle and a vote on how people like to eat pumpkins. At the end of the month, students estimated the number of seeds they thought their pumpkin had and then all the fun. We cut them open and counted all the seeds for an actual count. Students estimated very low and were surprised the number of seeds in each pumpkin! We answered questions about our pumpkin relating to our senses.
Today we went to the Amherst Historical Society and Sandstone Village. We have been studying the history of Amherst and its earliest inhabitants. We spent time in the Quigley Museum. The house built by Mr. Quigley back in the 1820’s. We walked to the Harris/Dute house and explored a house of long ago. The students spent some time in the one-room schoolhouse and experienced lessons in spelling and cursive. We also had time in the St.George Chapel, the Blacksmith Shop, the Ferrier Shop and Machine shop, and the caboose. It was a great day to see the things the students were learning about.
Following along with some science topics, we have been discussing the basic needs of people and animals. One of the needs of both is having shelter. Students were to create a shelter for a family of hikers that got stuck in a rainstorm. They had only $10 to spend on materials that would keep their gear dry. Once they decided what to buy, they paid and began to create their shelter following the design cycle. We will test their design next week to see if they can hold up to the rain. Water will be dropped over the top of the shelter to see if the family stays dry!!
Students were presented with specific materials, a time frame and an objective to build the longest paper chain. We had several groups taking a different approach to building their chain. When their time was up, the chains were measured to see who made the longest chain. See for yourself the outcome. They had fun using the design cycle. The winning chain is hanging up outside our classroom. It was designed by Liam and Korrina.
Welcome to the New School Year!
Students have already started to learn about multiplication and are doing a great job so far.
We will be making a special slime Friday to go along with the summer reading of The Chocolate Touch. They don’t know yet, so I’m not going to give it away. Stay tuned for pictures!
Thank you to those who have purchased items off of the class wish list. We will put them to good use! If you still wish to help us out, the link on Amazon is https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1TNXQOI4G1WZ6?ref_=wl_share