It’s Freezing in Here . . . Brrrrrr

icy waterdropMelting, Evaporating, Condensing, Freezing . . . water, water . . . it’s everywhere.  We’ve been investigating water in all it’s wonderful states!  This week we are wrapping up our unit on States of Matter. We’ve observed water change from a solid to a liquid, from a liquid to a gas, from a gas to a liquid and back to a solid again!

What’s the key to all these changes? HEAT!  Add it to a solid and it becomes a liquid; add it to a liquid and voila-it becomes a gas.  We learned we can reverse these changes by removing heat.  When warm air is cooled, water vapor condenses and becomes a liquid again.

This week we are connecting our knowledge of the states of matter to the water cycle.  The kids loved reading A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney.  They were amazed to learn that the water we drink today is the same water dinosaurs drank!  How can this be?  The WATER CYCLE . . . it cycles water all around the earth and has for millions of years.  Enjoy the video below of our last experiment on freezing.

Four Winds . . . Trees!

We had our October Four Winds lesson Thursday.  This would not be possible without our parent volunteers: Jennifer Faul and Phoebe Desjardin.  Thank you!!!!!

Our theme this month was life cycles of trees.  We learned about trees by examining tree cookies and real trees. It was a gorgeous day to go outside, find a tree, observe it, and write a sensory poem about it. To wrap up our lesson, we formed a large circle simulating the largest tree in the world . . . WOW it was REALLY big!  In our video (below) you can see how large the diameter was at the end when we are in a large circle.  We also simulated the diameter of the OLDEST tree in the world.  It was much smaller, but much older too!  Enjoy the video.  Our next Four Winds lesson will be on Thursday, November 18th at 9:00.  You are welcome to join us 🙂

Four Winds

We had our first Four Winds lesson today on insects.  A HUGE thank you to Jennifer Faul and Phoebe Desjardin for bringing us this engaging science lesson.  It rained, so we weren’t able to go out and observe insects 🙁  Check out our video!

Mock Rocks Part 2

We cracked open our mock rocks and separated them into all the different components. There were three “minerals” we could see in our rocks . . . represented by red gravel, green gravel and oyster shells. The rest of the rock (white matter with sparkles!) was dissolved in water. Tomorrow we will decide whether or not this material contains any more minerals. Hmmm . . . how could we find out what might be dissolved in the water?

Mock Rocks

Mock rocks simulate real rocks and allow us to do the work of a geologist. Today we spent time observing the properties of our mock rocks and noted our “rock’s” color, luster and size. Observations were written and also represented in a scientific diagram, including a close-up of an interesting feature. We measured the diameter, circumference, depth and mass of our mock rocks too!

Acorns Grow Roots!

Miss DiTullio has been teaching us all about plants.  Katie and Livy were amazed when they found an acorn had sprouted a root just like the seeds we are growing in class.  What a great find out on the playground!


Check out the slide show below . . . we searched for seeds in different fruits, counted them and created a class histogram on the interactive white board.


Mr. Lamphier and Mr. Martin donated their time for IBM’s E-Week.  They taught our class about wind turbines and led them in a design challenge.  They had to design their own wind turbine, test it and then redesign it to make it better!  They loved designing their turbine’s blades and wanted more time to work on them.  Check out the video highlights below 🙂

Plants Pre-assessment

This week we are starting a new unit on plants!  Below is a survey about plants.  Use your background knowledge to answer the questions.  This survey will not be assessed, but I will use the information to determine what you already know about plants so please try your best.

Click here to take the Plant Survey

After you have completed the survey take some time to check out these interactive plant websites to learn more about plants or practice what you already know!

Parts of a Flower
Plant Structure and Functions
Helping Plants Grow Well