I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Here are two documents that Heather Zetterberg, math specialist, wanted me to post to the blog in case families need it.
Our trip to the Pequot museum was a wonderful way to continue our learning about Native American life in this area long ago. The village scene added depth to our learning and many of the children are using this new found knowledge to bring it into the classroom.
We took advantage of a nice dry day on Thursday to do a little planting and make reminder signs about ways we all can help our growing plants. There were four centers that the children rotated through. Stacey Smith lead a center to get the milkweed and wildflower seedlings in starter pods, Hilary lead the center of planting lettuce in planter boxes, Ahriel helped with sign making and I lead turning the soil over in the classroom garden. It was a fun way to learn more about how we can help our environment and that make a difference.
The shorten week was filled with learning how to make baskets and sharing Valentines. The day after we returned from our Winter Weekend we had a special lesson with Angela Giannella on how to make a basket. We had four parent helpers and we certainly would not have been able to do it without their help. After some parent prep work, the children got busy in using their weaving skills. It took a lot of patience and perseverance but all the students were able to come close to finishing. All that is left for us to do is put on the rim.
On Friday we ended the week sharing our Valentines and discovering who was our secret buddy. It was a blast writing our riddles. We finish the special occasion, we all enjoyed rice crispy treats and cucumber sushi.
In our studies about Native Americans long ago we have been learning about the wigwam. Most recently the class went to the middle school science lab to learn about the energy efficiency of a wigwam/dome. Leslie Long showed the children how water at different temperatures will rise or fall, just like air, and then demonstrated it with smoke in a glass bowl. We finished our visit with the children making their own dome shapes with bubbles.
If you have not visited lately you might want to. We have our class wigwam up. The children showed a lot of patience in putting it up. We will keep it up for as long as we can.
Yesterday the children had a special treat when Ms. Maoz came in and shared with the whole building about the story of the Jewish miracles associated with Hanukkah. Before Ms. Maoz began, she took a moment to talk about how this is a time when many of us celebrate winter traditions but it was important to remember that many cultures have important traditions that happen in other parts of the year. Impressively, the children named other traditions they knew or celebrated throughout the year. After hearing the story of Hanukkah, the children enjoyed a game of dreidel and latkes with apple sauce.
Recently the class took a trip to the top of East Rock. We clearly saw the different rivers that surround East Rock park, West Rock and the New Haven Harbor. We also saw how close the ocean is to the New Haven green.
Afterwards the children created a 3-D map of the area they viewed. Each color group was tasked to make one part of the map. It was a fun community oriented activity that resulted in a beautiful map.