May Dino Dig!

ROAR!

Grab your shovels! We were busy to the bone this month putting ourselves behind the brush of a Paleontologist! We mastered so many skills along the way and gained some really great dino knowledge, all the while having a tooth-riffic time. I loved watching the excitement erupt as we dug-up species, dinosaur measurements, bones, and even a volcano and lava study! 

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We started off the month introducing these gigantic creatures that once roamed the Earth. One of our favorites facts was that a dinosaur's closest living relative is a bird! The preschoolers laughed and laughed picturing a T-Rex with feathers and chicken feet! To understand more, we put into perspective their actual size. How many preschoolers can fit into one dino footprint? We didn't stop there! There was so much math we could implement using these massive manipulatives!

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From the art department, our dinosaur masterpieces could have been hanging in museums next to the constructed bone displays! Our projects helped us classify the types and learn the layouts of their bodies. Duck-billed? Bird-hipped? Carnivore or Herbivore?  Though the vocabulary may be new and slightly challenging, we rose and roared to the occasion!

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Once we felt confident in our Dinosaur studies, it was time to take on the role of a Paleontologist! We got hands on with real tools and put ourselves into the field right away! We first geared up by excavating with a very familiar and cool substance we know to be ice. The preschoolers were amazed to find our baby dinos frozen in a solid block with no way out! We used scientific methods to figure out the best plan of action to take. Thanks to Olaf, we know the warmth will cancel out the cold. It was a superb idea to add warm water and watch our dinos escape the cold!

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After the ice, we were ready to take on the real thing! We took turns chiseling away hardened dirt and rock to uncover a mystery dinosaur below the surface. I loved the teamwork on this activity from the carving, to the classifying, to the assembling! Preschool lead, teacher approved fun!

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I present to you our new class pet! We named him "Rodzilla" after our favorite thematic book!

After the dig was done, it was time for some more preschool science in the form of volcanoes and lava! We already had an interest in the bubbling brew from one of our favorite songs taught to us by Teacher Cassie about volcanoes rumbling and lava flowing. Now it was time to tackle the natural phenomenon together! 

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We crafted our own volcano using air-dry clay and paint. In true preschool fashion, it had to be rainbow colors! Once the volcano was ready, our eruption was on it's way. We were mesmerized by the magma and asked for more and more explosions. We then went outside and created our own mini volcanoes in the backyard using cups. We loved this experiment with a burning passion!

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Other May events included our Cinco de Mayo Taco stand, Garden Social, SuperHero Day, and Playground Field Trip. I can't wait to see what our LAST month of school holds!

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Thanks for stomping by,

Erica