We wrapped up our gardening project this week by exploring one of the most important parts of a garden--soil! Students learned about what makes up soil -- water, air, organic matter, and minerals -- and spent time observing soil samples from the school grounds. We also learned that the living critters in soil are super important for having healthy soil and healthy plants because they allow air and water to travel through the ground. We read various books that taught us about the importance of earth worms and other critters in the ground, and went on a worm scavenger hunt to see what critters we found in the soil around school!
In E.L.A. this week, students worked on spelling and reading at their individual paces, in small groups and individually with me. In math, we began learning about money through various read alouds. Students observed the different coins -- pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters -- and practiced sorting coins by type and graphing how many of each coin we had. We also practiced adding coins together by holding a mock auction!
As part of our gardening project, students used project time this week to paint garden pots and plant vegetables to take home! Check out these photos from the activity!
This week's E.L.A. time was action packed and full of a variety of activities. At the beginning of the week, students learned a new way to practice writing letters called "blue sky, green grass". Many of our activities this week used this method which helps students practice making sense of writing letters onto and in between lines. Our journal time focused on Mother's Day coming up. Students reflected on special activities they like to do with their moms. They drew images of these activities and tried to independently spell what they drew. We also spent time practicing guided reading sessions. Students used a variety of texts to practice their reading skills.
Students have begun doing art classes in person with Mary! This week students formed tiny people and animals out of clay while in the art room, and in our classroom (due to rain) students painted with natural materials collected from the playground!