We LOVE Science!

imagesAs you can tell from the title for this post – we had an excellent time doing science work this past week.  Fun, huh?  We worked on animal projects AND took a field trip to hike and learn more about animals.  It has been another great week in first grade.  Check out more about what we did this week in the post below.  Thanks for visiting.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Robinson Field Day
  • Science – Animals
  • Field Trip!
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class went to the World Bird Sanctuary on your field trip.  Tell me about the four animals you saw during the presentation.
  • Your class ALSO hiked at Powder Valley.  What was your favorite part of your hike?  Did you see any animals?

UnknownRobinson Field Day:  Calling all parents! Field Day is coming and we need your help! We are looking for about 26 parents to help run the stations. Please click here to sign-up for a spot.  Please, please sign-up because the kiddos LOVE seeing parents there!  So mark your calendars and come join the fun! Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes, tennis shoes, and a hat or sunscreen if needed. Plastic bottles of water are also allowed.  We will follow Field Day with our second annual all school picnic outside from 12:00 until 12:45. So pack a lunch and bring a blanket and join us as we start a new Roadrunner tradition. As always, if Mother Nature does not cooperate, we will have to cancel. So hope for the sun to shine and come share the fun!

Science – Animals: This week, we dove in and began making creations to take care of a baby animal.  Last week, the children learned new facts about various animals they were interested in and made webs with the facts.  This week, they were able to choose any animal they were interested in and began making a creation that would take care of their baby animal.  At first, we had some challenges and everyone had food and water for theri baby animals.  However, when we really discussed it – most baby animals aren’t able to eat food on their own.  As the first grade scientists thought about this and discussed it, they decided that they would need to create more things to help the babies survive.  This has been hard work, but we are learning A LOT.  We will wrap up our creations next week, but until then – look below at the incredible work these kiddos have done this week.

We first had to SORT our pile of recyclables and then began to build.
First, we had to SORT our AWESOME pile of recyclables.  Then we began to build.
Look at Leanna working hard to sort our boxes.
Look at Leanna working hard to sort our boxes.
Here are all of the tubes we sorted to use to build.
Here are all of the tubes we sorted to use to build.
Maddie began building  by doing some brainstorming.
Maddie began building by doing some brainstorming.  What a great approach!
Mati worked hard to create her project for her baby squirrel.
Mati worked hard to create her project for her baby squirrel.
Thomas worked diligently to build his creation.  Look at that great work!
Thomas worked diligently to build his creation. Look at that great work!
Charlie created his project for his baby animal too.
Charlie created his project for his baby animal too.

Field Trip: First off, Thursday was an incredible day as far at the weather was concerned.  That definitely helped make our exciting field trip plans even better.  We took off for Powder Valley Nature Center first and – as stated above – went on a hike through the woods.  After that, we headed over to World Bird Sanctuaty for a presentation – just for us!  The program was called Critters for Kids and our Naturalist, Dawn, taught us about mammals, reptiles and birds.  She not only talked about these animal families, but she showed us members of each family as well.  It was SO COOL!  Unfortunately, we did not get to walk around the Sanctuary, which is an amazing place.  So, I would STRONGLY URGE YOU and your family to visit the Sanctuary sometime in the near future.  To find our more information about the place, click here.  In the meantime, check out the great photos from our trip below.

Look at these girls on the bus - they were so excited!
Look at these girls on the bus – they were so excited!
Look at us hiking at Powder Valley!
Look at us hiking at Powder Valley!
Look at these cuties after during our field trip.  Look at the cool feather they found!
Look at these cuties after during our field trip. Look at the cool feather they found!
Inside of Powder Valley, there is an area to play with puppets.  Alexander had so much fun with the frog puppet!
Inside of Powder Valley, there is an area to play with puppets. Alexander had so much fun with the frog puppet!
Here is the Naturalist at World Bird Sanctuary teaching us about owls.
Here is the Naturalist at World Bird Sanctuary teaching us about rabbits.
Our Naturalist also taught us about owls.
Our Naturalist also taught us about falcons.

A Smile for You: The photo made me smile because the first graders were SO EXCITED to leave on our field trip.  Just look at us (even though the sun was in our eyes) and it will make you smile too.  Thanks for reading our post this week.  Have a great weekend.

We were READY for our field trip!
We were READY for our field trip!

 

 

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