Thursday, April 12, 2018

More Bird Nests

Rae, an AmeriCorps staff member from Audubon Vermont brought over bird activities to help the 3rd and 4th graders start thinking about structure and function. The first activity we participated in was called Dress the Bird, putting together all the different parts of a bird. We had fun and we learned.
  



Rae also brought over bird nests for us to observe and match with the birds that created them. A wonderful exercise of observation and using clues. 

 
 




 
 








Friday, April 6, 2018

Bird Nests



Mrs. Cozzens taught the Kindergarteners about bluebirds and how to build a bluebird house. Then we went outside and checked on some bluebird houses up around the school. They had been filled to the top! We emptied them out so birds could build new nests in them this year.

We went on a hike to a hillside, keeping an eye out for nest building materials like the birds do. Along the way, we found this dug out hole in the ground. What do you think made it? 
Then we found the perfect spot for nest building. There were lots of good supplies like dried grass, milkweed pods and small sticks.


We took a tour of each bird nest. Each bird family described what type of bird they were and what materials they used to build the nest. All the nests looked very cozy and protective.


Later in the day we enjoyed some free explore time.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

IGLOO

When it snows, and that snow is perfectly packable, build an igloo!

3rd and 4th graders started building this igloo in the morning on their most recent Outdoor Thursday, and kept up their hard work right through recess time when they were joined by helpers from other grades. The roof was starting to take shape, but their work was still not done, so students chose to persist into the afternoon. Students demonstrated lots and lots of cooperative work, including teams of cementers, snow transporters, snow collectors, brick builders, brick hoisters, packers, and supervisors. We also noticed some interesting features of an igloo, besides providing warmth and shelter from the wind, the thick snow walls also acted as a sound barrier! What?

Watch our igloo take shape:






Tuesday, February 13, 2018

100th Day of School

The First and Second Graders celebrated the 100th day of school doing 100s themed activities outside on this beautiful sunny February day.

Ms. Linder lead students in acting out the story "100 Hungry Ants" by Elinor J. Pinczes. Students had a blast engaging in call and repeat - "Hey and a hi dee ho!" And dividing their marching lines from 1 into 2 lines, then 5 lines and 10 lines using both math skills and team work. We even did some problem solving at the end to come up with an alternate ending to the story.




Then we had two 100s challenges:
1.) How many snowballs can you make in 100 seconds?
2.) What can you build with 100 snowballs (some students chose to use snow/ice chunks)?




Happy 100th day of school!