Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2nd, 2018

This unit, we learned all about weather!

We first read a book about clouds...

...and then we designed our own clouds.

We also learned a lot about storms...

...and made our own lightning storms.

We cut zig-zag patterns...

and we had a jam session with our thunder drums and rain stick.

We also learned a little about the water cycle with our rain jar.

All this eventually led to one of our favorite science visuals of the year; the tornado bottle!

Throughout all this weather, we learned about letter O's as we made domin-o letters...

showed off our octopus...

and found letter O's in our friends' names.

Learning the "IT" word family, we practiced with pit, sit, bit, lit, kit...

and fit (our favorite).

We also worked hard on our take-home books.

(I crack myself up.)

Finally, it was windy enough for our last weather project.  We gathered six objects and made predictions on whether or not the wind could move them.

We tested a feather...

tissue paper...

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

The pine cone, however, was super boring.

Afterwards, as we analyzed our data, we tried to understand why the wind could move some objects but not others.

Then, we drew our conclusions.

Learning about weather forecasting, we time-hopped back to Sacred Heart in 2013 and re-watched our 15 seconds of fame.  This clip is from when we spent a morning giving the weather updates live on TV.  Even though my current students don't know any of the students they watched, they certainly appreciated that it happened in their school and recognized the classrooms and Shark Tank.

I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal.

Afterwards, we learned about Punxsutawney Phil, the best weather forecaster there is.  Watching the livestream, we also learned that there's going to be six more weeks of winter.

Naturally, we then painted the bottom of our feet...

and made our own groundhogs.

Sacred and Heart approved.

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