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Science Update

This past week we continued to observe our class pets (Freddie, Mr. Chewy, BillyBob, & Mrs. Stadt III) in their habitat.  At the beginning of the week, all the caterpillars made their way up to the top of the small container, shed their skin for the last time, and settled into their chrysalides.  We could hardly believe our eyes as we watched it happen!!!

In addition to observing the life cycle of our pet insects this week, we also spent time studying other animals life cycles: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. We noticed how many of the animals followed the pattern of: egg, young, and adult before starting over again.  Only mammals were not born from an egg!!!

Later in the week, we focused on the similarities and differences between an adult animal and a baby animal. We looked at how they changed from a young animal to an adult.  All the young and adult animals that we studied had the same body parts, but we noticed that some young animals (chicks, ducklings, penguins) are born with different body coverings (fur) than their parents (feathers).

At the zoo, we learned that some adult animals lay their eggs and then leave their offspring to fend for themselves. Other animals protect their young and teach them to find food.

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Science Update

We have finished up our study of WEATHER in Room 106.

During the last week of April and beginning of May we recorded daily weather observations.  It was so much fun!!!  We predicted and recorded actual weather each day (temperature, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation) and by the end of the week we were pretty good.  Even though our observations are done, your little meteorologist may still be asking about the weather!

Last week, we studied the severe weather that we experience in Michigan and how to stay safe in these storms.  The three storms that studied were: blizzardstornadoes, and thunderstorms.  We visited the National Geographic Kids website to watch some informational video clips about these types of weather.

Here is the link to the videos:  http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/wacky-weather/

You will need to sign up for a free account to view the clips at home, but it’s worth it!  Have fun!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Science Update

Our scientists have been busy learning about the SUN and WEATHER! We have taken a closer look at the changes that we can notice in our daily weather: windtemperatureprecipitation, and cloud cover.

With Temperature, we discussed a thermometer and the seasons in depth! We ended this lesson by coloring a thermometer.  We talked about the numbers that match temperatures that are hot, warm, cool, and cold.

With Clouds, our scientists learned about cloud cover. There are four categories of cloud cover: clearpartly cloudycloudy, and foggy. We identified each of these categories with a picture. We studied different kinds of precipitation: rain, snow, hail, and freezing rain.

Lastly, we covered Wind. With this lesson, we read a short book about wind… then we headed right outside!! Once outside, we tried out our very own pinwheels!  It happened to be quite a windy afternoon when we ventured out and the kids squealed with delight as they watched their pinwheels race!  We talked about the speed and the direction of the wind.  We also talked about how wind is invisible and how pinwheels aren’t the only tool that we can use to see the wind.  The kids right away noticed the trees and bushes moving, as well as the ripples on the pond, the flag, our hair and clothing moving, goose bumps on their skin…the list kept going!

We have also learned that plants need sunlight in order to live!  We are finishing up our plant observation– we have been closely watching a plant that we water and keep in the sunlight and another that is in a bag in the cupboard, with no light.  We have looked at the different plants over multiple days noticing what happens when a plant is not given sunlight or water!  The kids pointed out that the leaves turn brown, the plant gets crispy, the stems and leaves droop, and it doesn’t look as nice!!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Science Update

We have finished up our study of WEATHER and the SUN in Room 106.

During the last week of April (when it was very rainy!) we recorded daily weather observations.  It was so much fun!!!  We predicted and recorded actual weather each day (temperature, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation) and by the end of the week we were pretty good.  Even though our observations are done, Your little meteorologist may still be asking about the weather!

We also studied the severe weather that we experience in Michigan and how to stay safe in these storms.  The three storms that studied are: blizzardstornadoes, and thunderstorms.
swirly-gray-rain-lightning-cloudFinally, we learned that plants need sunlight in order to live!  We finished our plant observation– we have been closely watching a plant that we water and keep in the sunlight and another that is in a bag in the backroom.  We have looked at the different plants over multiple days noticing what happens when a plant is not given sunlight or water!  The kids pointed out that the leaves turn brown… the plant gets crispy, the stems and leaves droop, and it doesn’t look as nice!!  We can’t wait to head to the Greenhouses on May 15 to see what else plants need to survive!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Science Update

In Science, we have been learning about the SUN and WEATHER! We started off our Weather unit learning all about TemperatureClouds, Precipitation and Wind.

With temperature, we discussed a thermometer and the seasons in depth! We talked about the numbers that match temperatures that are hot, warm, cool, and cold.

With clouds, our scientists learned about cloud cover. There are four categories of cloud cover: clearpartly cloudycloudy, and foggy. We identified each of these categories with a picture.

With precipitation, we studied rain, snow, hail, and freezing rain.  We learned that anything that falls from the sky is classified as precipitation.  We even made a precipitation wheel that rotates to show the changes in precipitation.

Lastly, we covered wind. With this lesson, we headed right outside!! Once outside, we tried out our very own pinwheels!  It happened to be quite a calm to breezy afternoon when we ventured out and the kids squealed with delight as they watched their pinwheels race!  We talked about the speed and the direction of the wind.  We also talked about how wind is invisible and how pinwheels aren’t the only tool that we can use to see the wind.  The kids right away noticed the trees and bushes moving, as well as the ripples on the pond, the flag, our hair and clothing moving, goose bumps on their skin…the list kept going!

The kids have loved everything we’ve studied so far!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Science Update

We started Science this past week and our First Graders loved it! First, we learned about all the jobs that a Scientist does. Those jobs include…

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After we learned about the jobs of a Scientist, we asked the question, “What lives in the grass?” We discussed as a class what we thought might live in the grass and recorded our thoughts. Then, we went outside to make our observations. The first graders were very excited and enthusiastic about recording different things they found in the grass. After we all made our observations, we headed back inside.

The next day, we revisited our observations and decided to sort and graph them (classify) into Plants and Animals. We found lots of flowers, mushrooms, sticks, centipedes, ants, and leaves. We wrapped up Science for the week by sharing what we learned. First Graders are looking forward to revisiting Science in a couple weeks right before Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Science Update

Our scientists have been busy learning about different kinds of precipitation: rain, snow, hail, and freezing rain.

Our scientists have learned that plants need sunlight in order to live!  We finished our plant observation– we have been closely watching a plant that we water and keep in the sunlight and another that is in a bag in the backroom.  We have looked at the different plants over multiple days noticing what happens when a plant is not given sunlight or water!  The kids pointed out that the leaves turn brown… the plant gets crispy, the stems and leaves droop, and it doesn’t look as nice!!

We started our daily weather observations, so your little meteorologist might be asking to watch the weather forecast with you in the mornings!  We will predict and record actual weather each day this week.

As we monitor our daily weather changes, we also will study severe weather that we experience in Michigan and how to stay safe in these storms.  The three storms that we will study are: blizzardstornadoes, and thunderstorms.  On Friday, we took a closer look at blizzards and learned that they come with lots of blowing snow and very cold temperatures.  The kids listed off ways to stay safe: wear lots of layers of clothes, keep a safety kit in your cars, change your smoke alarm batteries (more house fires in the winter months), and take ‘warm up’ breaks when playing outside.

We will continue our Science unit this week talking about severe weather!

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