Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24th, 2017

This week, we learned all about healthy habits.

Since the 2017 Plague of Sacred Heart swept through, infecting half our student body with the flu, we took the opportunity to launch our new theme by deep cleaning the classroom.

We also filled our library...

...which allowed us to conduct some preliminary research.

We discussed health facts and reflected on what we already know and what we would want to learn throughout the unit.

A major component of our lessons this week was focused on learning how to wash our hands.

For a fun science project, we are attempting to grow bacteria colonies in petri dishes.  We touched the nutrient agar before washing hands...

...and we washed.

Then, we tested our clean hands in a separate dish.

For added fun, I also tested the sink handles before and after cleaning with antibacterial wipes.

Test results are inconclusive so far.  We'll know by next week which petri dishes grew more bacteria colonies.

To help understand germs and bacteria, we invited Ms. Tatiana, a biologist, to come in and answer questions.

Then, we played a germy math game.

This week, we also learned about our whole body health.  We examined bones...

...looked at x-rays....

...and we explored the tools doctors and dentists use.

We also thoroughly discussed healthy eating habits and sorted/counted foods by their colors.

Enlisting the help of teachers from Pioneer Day School two streets down, we had a fun movement experience that incorporated yoga, a parachute, and (best of all) bubbles.

And we kept on washing!

Finally, as our lessons closed, we reflected on what we've learned this week.

By Friday, we were able to present some of our information to our 2-year-old classroom...

...and give some hand washing lessons.

It's been a good week!

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27th, 2017

This week, we continued investigating weather.

Fortunately, there was a lot of it for us to observe outside.

Starting with thunderstorms, we created our own interpretation of a stormy night.

We also learned about the water cycle.  Imitating the earth's warm bodies of water evaporating into the cold atmosphere, we made it "rain" in a jar.

Then, we wrote in our science journals.

Another huge project we worked on this week was our 1-10 counting book.

We also closely examined the letter Nn...

...and the __IT word family.

For those who work closely with me, it's well established that my teaching methods are carefully delivered with the utmost of integrity.  Therefore, when I create my learning tools, I use an uncompromising combination of precision and seriousness.

By Friday, we took advantage of the wind.  We carefully tested various objects to see if the wind would blow them around.  We never had so much fun with a coffee filter before!

Or a latex glove.

And, since American Beauty, no one has received this much enjoyment out of watching a grocery bag dance in the wind.

The gourd, however, was super boring.

Afterwards, we recorded our data.

We tested the objects on the scale and came to the conclusion that heavier objects couldn't be moved by the wind.

It's been a wonderful week!