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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mrs. DeYoung and Mrs. B Retell Green Eggs and Ham

Do you like green eggs and ham?
Would you like them in a house?
Would you eat them in a box?

Would you eat them with a fox?

Would you like them with a mouse?
You may like them in a tree!

Try them! Try them!

"If you will let me be, I will try them. You will see."

"Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!"
After Mrs. DeYoung and Mrs. B finished retelling the story of "Green Eggs and Ham", they made green eggs and ham for the whole class.  All the students were encouraged to try "Green Eggs and Ham!"  Some tried and some did not.  Most liked "Green Eggs and Ham!"

Exploring Bears

The children in our class were "Bear Crazy" after reading a story with Mrs. Olafson and then watching a video of a new born Polar Bear at the Toronto Zoo on the Smart Board. We invited them to bring in their stuffed animals. They wanted somewhere for their animals to play and of course sleep. Mrs. Zeman, an ECE student from St. Clair College, brought in a tent for us to turn into a cave.

A large group of students worked together to turn the tent into a cave.

With their interest in Polar Bears, Mrs. Zeman did an awesome experiment with them to see how Polar Bears keep warm in such a cold environment. 

She had a container with snow, ice and water that the children were encouraged to explore.  

After exploring the cold water, she added a bag of lard which she explained was like the Polar Bears' blubber or as we know, fat. First she had one student put a hand in the blubber that was in the cold water, while the other student put their hand in the cold water. She wanted to see who could keep their hand in the water the longest.

Guess who won?

Later on, she had the students use both hands, one in the water and one in the blubber. When she did this, the children could feel the difference at the same time.

These students made a truck that could go and find the bears.

February Fun

Cloud Dough was very popular with most of the children. This is very easy to make and a great activity to do at home during this cold winter when you can't get outside.

Just two simple ingredients:

 2 cups of Flour and 1/4 cup Baby Oil or cooking oil.
WARNING: "If using baby oil, it could be harmful if ingested."

The children were excited to use the mirror as a drawing board with the dry erase markers.

A heart for Valentine's Day!

What a creation!

Mrs. Olafson introduced the concept of sink and float.
What do you think will float and what do you think will sink?  

The students discovered that items made from plastic will float and items made from metal will probably sink. A plastic boat and cups floated on the water and the magnets and coins sank to the bottom.

The children are doing a great job taking caring of our fish. A different student feeds it everyday and always checks up to see if it is happy. 

It was too cold to enjoy the snow outside so we brought some in.

The students discovered that their hands got too cold playing with the snow, so they decided to get their mittens and gloves on to warm up.  Great idea!!

Some of the students decided to make snow balls with the snow.

The Gummy Bear Experiement

"What do you think will happen if we put a Gummy Bear in water?"

We talked about how and why we do experiments. When we started the conversation, we told the children when doing experiments we have 3 steps.
1st  Predict
2nd Observe
3rd Communicate

Predict:  "I think it will grow really big."
"I think the water will change colours."
"I think nothing will happen if you only have water. You have to add something!"

Every child that was interested was given two Gummy Bears, one to explore their 4 senses with and then eat of course. They put water in a clear cup, dropped the Gummy Bear in and then placed it on the Light Table and waited to see what would happen. 

"There are bubbles all around the bears."
"The bear is getting bigger."
"It smells good."

Several children observed the gummy bears on and off for the next couple of days.

On Monday, we were surprised to see how big they grew.

The children were able to explore them.


"It is slimy."
"The bubbles are gone."
"It smells good but feels yucky. I don't want to eat it."
"It stretched big."
"When it is big, it has more detail. You can see it better."

"If I use the magnify glass, I can really see it. Even on the one not in water."

Musical Bells

The children have been interested in music throughout the school year. They were very excited to get a chance to explore the bells from Mrs. Taylor/Lee and Mrs. Fanelli /Calfus rooms.

We had a large group discussion on how to use and take care of them before they were allowed to explore them.

After a few days, we discussed how we could make a note or copy music we played. Afterwards, a friend could replay their songs.

It was exciting to see how they worked together to make songs and then played the songs they wrote on their papers.