EIGHT DAYS!

cartoon-number-eightYeesh!  We only have EIGHT days left of school and then your child will be a BIG second grader!  Wow!  I don’t know if I even have more to say than that . . . crazy, huh?  Well . . .uh . . . since I’m apparently speechless about the end of the year approaching at lightning fast speed, just read the rest of the post below.  At least I’m not speechless as far as our science learning goes!  We did some great stuff this week.  As always, thanks for visiting.  Now – read on!

  • Conversation Starters
  • REMINDER: End of the Year Dates
  • Science – Biomimicry
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class has continued to read a Junie B. Jones chapter book this week.  What happened when she went snorkeling with her mom and dad in Hawaii?  How do you think the story is going to end?  Do you like the book so far?  Why or why not?
  • What are you writing about in the book you are creating during Writing Workshop?  Why did you choose this story to write about at this time?

REMINDER: End of the Year Dates: The following information went home last week but I wanted you to be able access it online as well.  Let me know if you have any questions as you look through the events for the next couple of weeks in first grade.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 5.48.40 PMScience – Biomimicry:  Did you know that while your child learns about animals, they are also becoming an engineer?  Not only did your first grader recently create a habitat for a baby animal, but now they are embarking on a  journey of discovering biomimicry.  Bio-what?!?  Biomimicry is a rather familiar concept we all know about, we just didn’t know what it was called by scientists.  According to the Biomimicry Institute, biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.  For example, the invention of airplanes came to life because humans wanted to overcome the challenge of not being able to fly.  Airplanes were modeled after observations from the natural world, most specifically birds.  Back to our first graders though . . . we have begun our journey by exploring “experts” in nature.  We took photos in nature and shared what made natural objects “good” at what they do.  Then, we shared our findings with the class.  Next, we will begin discovering natural “experts” together, look into some examples of biomimicry and then discuss what the children could create and imagine from nature.  Cool, huh?  Check out the photos below to see what our work has looked like so far.

The children were taking photos of objects in nature for science.
The children were taking photos of objects in nature for science.
More children found natural objects to photograph to bring back to our room.
More children found natural objects to photograph to bring back to our room.

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A Smile for You: Since we have been working on our iPads during science, I laughed as the children were ALL so diligently creating a slide on a Keynote presentation – you will see why in the photo below.  I think that an elephant could have walked in the room and they would not have noticed!  Anyway, this is (sometimes) what a classroom looks like in 2015, with amazing technology. Hope it makes you smile!  Have a super weekend with your first (ALMOST second) grader.

Look at our technology-filled carpet as students create a slide for science.
Look at our technology-filled carpet as students create a slide for science.

 

 

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