Hate to say it, but I think our wishes of a white winter are starting to come true! Mother nature must have heard our calls because we got to see some flurries during our week in the arctic blast! We decided to take this time to explore some of the snowy animals that live amongst these frigid temps in pure powdery bliss! Take a look at how we celebrated the polar vortex accordingly.
Our feature piece of literature this week was "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. The book has a host of furry friends in a scenic snowy location. We worked hard on sequencing the story, acting out the roles, and of course using crafts to enhance our understanding. We now know the story by heart and can't wait to show off our storytelling skills.
Aside from the wildlife in the story, we also gained knowledge on arctic animals. Each morning we were given a task with arctic animal figures and a set of other exotic animals. After grouping and sorting we came to the conclusion that most of the arctic animals had white coats of fur! This segued into a discussion on the term camouflage and how this adaptation protects the snowy climate animals. We still found ways to make our white projects pop with color!
Last week we dabbled with some fake snow using a mixture of corn starch and shaving cream. This week we carried out a full on science experiment which yielded incredibly exciting results! We started out with a tiny scoop of "magic" powder and added a dash of water. We asked the Ladybugs what they predicted might happen when adding the two ingredients. Some told me the powder would float like our apple experiment! Others told me it would turn into a strawberry (our minds are always on food!) The concoction resulted in the expansion of fluffy white snow that bubbled over the cup's rim. How cool is it that we turned our sensory table into a winter wildlife scene complete with a giant glacier?
Farmer Fred brought something that almost had us forget about the bitter freezing temps outside! Gorgeous carnations and lilies that reminded us of warmer months were strewn about the table for us to inspect. We learned all about the stamen, petals, stem, and other parts while enjoying the fragrant scents!
We used these flowers and some watercolor to create gorgeous holiday gifts (hence the absent pictures)! Guess you will just have to wait until the holidays to see our flowering artwork!
I can't wait to learn about holiday traditions and different cultural celebrations next week. We will even be having a celebration of our own!
Have a happy weekend,