January 23-27

31 Jan

Eagles Agreements

img_1461While we established classroom expectations at the beginning of the school year, we decided to revisit them this week and change some of the language to match our lessons with Mr. Healy. As a class, we talked about what each of these agreements means, and the kinds of words and actions we can use to show we understand them. We chose the term “Body Bubble” to take the place of keeping hands to self because we need to remember to keep our entire bodies in our own space, particularly in line, not just our hands. The other Eagles Agreements include 1st Time Listening, Use a Strong and Respectful Voice, Clean Up Together, and Use Walking Feet. We will review these more concrete expectations regularly to ensure every Eagle feels safe and successful in our classroom and as we travel throughout the building. Please consider reviewing our Eagles Agreements with your child at home, as well.

Eagles Book Fair!

It was just an ordinary Open Exploration time in our classroom when our block area was transformed into a Book Fair! A few Eagles decided to take all of the books from our book shelf and book bins and lay them out on the floor. A few minutes later someone called out “Book Fair!” and before we knew it, nearly every child was engaged. They made money ($1 per book, pretty good deal!), decorated a sign, and made scanners for purchasing books.  Over the next day or two, different children took part in running the book fair. We will see where it goes from here, but it was sure cute to watch its creation!

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Science

Continuing our study of liquids and solids, the students pretended to be solid and liquid molecules. They moved about in fluid motion to demonstrate the way molecules in liquids move; allowing them to take the shape of their container. To become solid molecules, they squeezed into a tight group all together representing the way solid figures hold their shape.

    
   

Additionally, we experimented with a variety of liquids to see which ones were more dense. For this activity, Morah Tracy slowly poured different liquids into a beaker and we watched as they created layers. As a result, we learned that honey was the most dense liquid, or the liquid with the most “stuff” packed in it. The liquids were layered in the following order: Honey, Corn Syrup, Dish Soap, Water, Vegetable Oil, and finally, Rubbing Alcohol. We learned that it is important to pour the less dense liquids slowly down the side of the container so they do not mix from the force of being poured too fast.

    

Although these scientific concepts can be challenging to fully understand at such a young age, our Eagles were able to see that some liquids are heavier than others, while still taking the shape of their container. They also enjoyed testing some liquids out themselves!

 

 

Judaics with Morah Chani

We returned to Parsha stories this week. Morah Chani told the story of the Jewish people being enslaved in Egypt and Moshe’s birth. Also, how he was raised in the palace. Next, she will continue the story with the 10 plagues.

 

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