Everyone was invited to hear the fourth graders speak as various historical characters during their Wax Museum in the Twichell Room. I met Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, Thomas Gallaudet (founder of the famous school for the deaf; we heard about him during the Voyage of the Mimi. Who else? Sally Ride, Sylvia Earle (first female head of NOAA; also in one episode of the Mimi), Laura Ingalls Wilder, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jim Henson, Sonia Sotomayor and many more.
We also had the first batch of third graders visit to read their Australian animal reports. By the end of next week, about seventeen third graders will have come through to tell us about the fascinating creatures found on that continent (or in its oceans).
It was the perfect afternoon to save the rhubarb and lemon balm from bindweed, turn soil with little spades, make weed crowns and bracelets, and plant the peas, kale, and nasturtiums we had grown from seed.
On Friday, during our group time, first graders watched demonstrations of how a deadfall and spring trap work, then watched a quick archery demo. We also made stick-and-loop games like what we saw at the Pequot Museum.
Have you ever seen a beehive swarm? In the spring, in a healthy hive, the queen leaves with about half the bees (about 30,000) and looks for a new place to live; remaining bees raise a new queen and keep the hive going.
Beekeepers watch and try to capture the swarm to put in a new hive. One of our hives swarmed today; they will be recaptured in the morning when it’s cool and they’re calm.
This is how they looked as they started settling on a winged euonymous about ten feet from the hive. A few hours later, they had crawled inside the bush and were hanging in a huge blob.
What kinds of words do sentences need? Partners sorted word cards and created sentences, noticing that every sentence has a noun and a verb, and that many begin (or ended) with interjections. 🙂 There was conversation about adjective order, as well, that it sounds funny to say a “blue, tiny bird” instead of a “tiny, blue bird.”