We've been learning about polar bears and from our 3-2-1 thinking routine they asked a lot of really great questions! Yesterday, we read through them to see what we had answered and noticed that over half the class wanted to know why they were white! And we hadn't answered that yet!
Instead of just giving them the answer, I gave them a post it and asked why do you think? I asked them to think about what they know about animals, any background knowledge they have and this is what we came up with! They are great thinkers. They said to blend in, camouflage, hide from their prey, stay warm? It was a really great discussion!
Today we took the next step in our data collecting! We had the choice between 4 different surveys. We chose 2 surveys to walk around and ask our fellow classmates their favorite of something: Mo Willems characters, sports, ice cream flavors or if you could be any animal what would it be? They collected data and then recorded/represented that information in a graph. They also had to come to one conclusion they got from the information.
Today we did an experiment where they got to feel (and see) how blubber helps animals like polar bears, penguins, walruses and whales stay warm in their arctic environments. We had some great talk about and they loved actually trying it out! We even connected it to the penguins who keep warm a few different ways-our penguin huddle!
Today in math we compared we looked at another graph and I used their observations and questions to help teach! It was really cool to see what they observed and noticed-working on keeping my mouth shut sometimes and letting them think and talk! :)
We also played trashcan basketball and took data on how many shots we took and missed! We tried to answer some questions (some were easier than others) but I told them we hadn't talked about questions yet from a graph so no fret! If you got it, awesome and if not, we'll get there! They had a lot of fun playing and keeping track of their tally marks!
Today we got outside to demonstrate how the Emperor penguin stays warm and adapts to it's -44 degree arctic environment! They each got a turn to be on the inside and outside of the huddle. We watched a short clip of the real penguins and they were amazed! They connected what they did to the penguins. We also did a little math about temperature and negative degrees/windchill! Lots of learning going on!
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Today we had our 1st ever creativity workshop! They had so much fun! And besides just fun, they were thinking, creating, collaborating! It was so fun to listen to their thoughts and strategies as they were working and playing! They came up with some great things too!