Monday, April 30, 2012

Earth Day and Plants!

This week we learned all about our Earth and why it is important that we take care of it.  We also began our study of plants.  But first, I wanted to share a few pictures from our field trip!  On Monday we went to Kenan Auditorium at UNCW to see an operatic production of Cinderella.  Here are some pictures from our trip.

On Monday, we began talking about Earth Day.  We read this great poem and discussed why it is important that we take care of the Earth.  

Then we made some coffee filter Earths.  We colored them with markers and then wet them.  They turned out great!  

On Tuesday, we had Earth Day rotations in the afternoon.  Ayla's Dad came and spoke to us about the importance of keeping our oceans and rivers clean.  

In another room we read a fun book (made from recycled materials) about things we can do to help the Earth.  Then, we split up and made posters to help spread the word.

In Mrs. Karnes' class, we had a speaker from Progressive Gardens talk to us about composting.  We learned so much!  We got to see inside a compost bin and we even got to pick up the worms!  Eww!  

On Wednesday, we began talking about plants and how they grow.  
We made a Plants schema chart.  This is a picture of it from the end of the week.  We will continue to add to it next week.  

We read Lois Ehlert's book, "Growing Vegetable Soup" and used a flow map to sequence the events.  

In writing, we did some "how to" writing.  We wrote about how to grow a vegetable.  

We read a nonfiction book about seeds and recorded our new learning.  

On Friday, we planted some seeds!  We made glove gardens!  We put water soaked cotton balls and a seed in each finger of the glove.  

We hung them on the window so that they could get plenty of sunlight over the weekend.  

When we came back Monday morning, we had a few roots and little sprouts! 
We were so excited!

Next week we will continue our study of plants!  

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