Dinosaurs will be our focus this week. Today we learned about dinosaur fossils. The students pretended that they were paleontologists and made their own dinosaur skeletons using pasta "fossils." They also used toothpicks to carefully dig out chocolate chip fossils from their cookies. During math we used unifex cubes to measure dinosaur bones. We read two books today, Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton and Dinosaur Bones.
We started off the day with continuing our focus on recycling. We read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and talked about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We also discussed ways to keep our environment clean. For art we painted truffula trees and other scenes from the story.
After nap we were so excited because it was almost time for our families to come for our backyard barbeque! After our learning stations--math patterns, letter practice, and finishing art--we were ready to start the party!
We will be learning all about DINOSAURS this week!! The students are welcome to bring in a dinosaur related story to share with the class.
Here are our plans
Today, we learned about the effects garbage on the environment with the "Pollution Pond" simulation. For each piece of trash thrown into our pond, one fish was taken away. By the end we only had three fish left in our pond! However when we cleaned up the litter, the fish returned! An excellent way to learn about pollution and practice math.
We also talked about the recycling activity known as the garage or "tag" sale. I labeled some older toys with prices, and students used pretend money to "purchase" these used items.
Things got pretty trashy in the Kozy Heart preschool classroom today! ;) We read the story Trashy Town by Steven Kroll and talked about the proper places for garbage. We decided that littering is bucket dipping... so we went on a litter walk and collected some trash around the Kozy Heart neighborhood. Unfortunately there was quite a bit to pick up.
We talked about recycling projects we could do here in our classroom. We came up with collecting aluminum pop cans, and then using the money we get for returning them to buy something for our classroom. So far we have collected ten cans; if you have any pop cans building up in your house/garage and want to bring them here, that would be great!
We just can't get enough of the color pink! Today we finished some of the activities we didn't have time for on Friday, including our Pink Flamingo story and craft, and also started preparing for our Earth day/recycling theme for this week. We read the story Sylvie, by Jennifer Sattler, about a young flamingo who wondered what it would taste like to be a color other than pink. We made our own pink flamingos using handprints.
In the afternoon, we tested our taste buds with a pink Kool-Aid taste test. Students wrote down the number of the Kool-Aid they liked best out of three flavors, and we created a graph. Black Cherry was the overall favorite! Drinking Koola-Aid made us all look forward to summer time :)
Don't forget to sign up to bring a side dish for the Kozy Heart Garden party! Sign up sheets are available online (see email from Nicole) or on the front and back doors of Kozy Heart. Thanks!
In honor of Earth Day, we will use this week to learn about recycling and taking care of our planet. This will be the only week ever you will here Nicole or I say the words "Go Green" ;) The week will finish up with a fun Kozy Heart Garden Party on Friday afternoon from 4-6pm. Activities will include, eating, socializing, and building a large sandbox in the backyard for the kids to enjoy this summer. Feel free to let us know if you consider yourself a skilled carpenter or just a wood enthusiast... we would love some leaders for the sandbox construction. See you Friday!
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Today's color is yellow! Thank you to all the students who have been wearing our color of the day this week! The Yellow Umbrella, the book we looked at today during circle, is very different than anything we have seen so far. The illustrations are beautiful paintings, and there are no words! Each page has instrumental music that accompanies the illustrations. It is a very beautiful children's book and all the students loved it!
Today the Kozy Heart preschool was awash in a sea of blue! We started our circle time by brainstorming all the things we could think of that are blue! We got quite an array of answers! We talked about what it meant when we say there are different "shades" of blue. Ask your student about shades of colors! Students loved the book Deep Blue Sea, and were very curious to know what different sea creatures eat! Did you know jellyfish sometimes eat other jellyfish??
After some color-themed math and letter practice centers, our craft today was an awesome fish aquarium! We even added blue sand. The students did an ex-sea-lent job decorating their fish :)