Monday, December 21, 2015

Four Winds

About Four Winds
Why do leaves change color in the fall? What rock floats in water? Do all bugs fly? Children are naturally curious about the world around them. The Four Winds program helps them fuel their curiosity and answer questions about nature, and encourages learners of all ages to look at the familiar with new eyes -- the shape of a leaf, the texture of a caterpillar, the design of a flower. Sitting quietly in a field listening to insects singing, exploring life in a pond by wading in and turning over rocks, examining the forest floor by digging under the leaf litter and smelling the rich earth, we learn about the world around us through active exploration. We had our first Four Winds last week. Remy's mom, Katie's dad and Riley's mom taught us all about evergreen trees. We were treated to a puppet show,  and then participated in many activities such as cone sort, mystery cone, and tree identification on our own playground.                                                     

Monday, December 14, 2015

More Measuring

We measured different lengths of tape with "kid steps". Students compared their results. We answered a variety of questions focusing on their measurements of different distances and which distances are greater than others. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fish Lengths and Animal Jumps

For the next few weeks our math focus is on linear measurement. We will be measuring with a variety of units, such as cubes, inch tiles, paper clips, and paper cut-outs of different sizes. We will investigate the idea that different sized units result in different measurements. We will also work on several story problems. Throughout this Investigation, students are learning house consistent units to measure accurately and to understand the underlying mathematics of measuring. This kind of experience will improve their sense of what measuring is all about. -"Investigations, Unit 5"