Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dairy in the Classroom

Sheep's milk, goat's milk and cow's milk! We taste tested a variety of dairy products that come from other animals besides a cow. The children were very brave trying goat's milk, and cheese from sheep and goat! Dana led us in a cheese making activity and we enjoyed eating our freshly made cheese later in the afternoon. 
Our Community theme, which has included our Dairy in the Classroom unit, will have a culminating event which we are all very excited for- a first and second grade Farmer's Market! This event will happen on November 6th at 6:00pm in our gym.Each class will be making a food and craft to sell!

                                                  Taste-testing dairy from other animals!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Investigations Math Unit 2

Shapes, Blocks, and Symmetry: 2-D and 3-D Geometry
In our second Investigations unit, students identify two- and three-dimensional shapes, focus on the properties of rectangles and rectangular prisms, and identify and create symmetrical designs. Students also achieve fluency with the doubles addition combinations.
We will work in the computer lab and will be introduced to The Shapes software. This tool is designed for K–2 students to explore how different shapes go together, experiment with different sorts of geometric transformations (rotations, translation, reflection), explore patterning, and investigate symmetry. 

Show Your Math Thinking!
We continue to solve word problems and record our math thinking:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Taking in the View

Our day long Community Field Trip on Thursday was incredible! We visited three local farms; Elephant in the Field, Wallace Dairy Farm and Moonlight Farm. We stopped for a picnic lunch at Hope Davey Field. The children were awesome and we experienced three very different ways of farming right here in our own community- Elephant int he Field is a produce Farm. We stopped there first and broke out into smaller groups.  We took turns spider searching with "Crazy Uncle Ari", learned about the hoop house where 100's of delicious tomatoes grow, picked our own carrots for snack, learned about chickens and goats and worked the field. At Rosina's Dairy Farm (Wallace Farm), we learned about Dairy- and helped to feed and milk the cows! We took a hike up a hill and took in the beautiful view. Our final stop was at Moonlight Berry and Seed Farm. We learned that brown peppers are the best variety to grow in Vermont! We also tasted luscious raspberries growing in their hoop house. Our community offers so much- a big THANK YOU to all of the farmers who took time with us and to Dana for organizing this very special day!