Cycling Through April

~April is a rainbow month with sudden springtime showers~

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And that’s the truth! With such an introductory wash, we turned our frowns upside down by embracing the wonders of water! "Drippy" the raindrop filtered through and engaged us in a watered down version of the water cycle. What a wet and wild ride!  We didn't focus too much on those fancily-worded stages but more so on the sequence and actions that allow the water to cycle. Our songs for the unit reflected the cycle, they were sung over and over again!

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The water cycle allows for so much science content being that it is remarkable and natural science at its finest! We learned that water is an awesome element to help lead investigations and carry out science experiments. We created our own water cycle using a plastic baggie, set up our own cloud sensory using some super soft materials, and even tested out water droplets on different surfaces to see how they reacted. We used words like absorb and resist to describe our observations. Our cloud in a jar and water droplet experiment mesmerized us visually! We don't mind some raindrops after all!

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To mirror our ever-changing growth and development, we focused on metamorphosis and the life cycle of a butterfly next! Nothing says spring like the dance of a bright and cheerful butterfly in search of a sweet flower. I was thrilled to hear that during our discussion a lot of ladybugs knew about the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly. We honed in on some specifics like the cycle stages, caterpillar patterns, and other fun facts. Of course our dress up and art further reinforced this topic!

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You can’t think of spring without the increasing appearance of baby animals hatching, crawling, and buzzing about the land! We learned that spring is an ideal time for baby animals to be born because there is more food available to them with new buds and growth of plant life. Throughout the week we participated in baby/adult match-ups, turned ourselves into fuzzy creatures, and learned new vocabulary for babies. A pup is a seal and a kid is a goat? The sillier the better as we always say!

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We couldn’t discuss springtime without the associated holidays of Passover and Easter. We used some holiday staples to talk about the traditions and games we take part in during this time. One thing is for sure, they both have some yummy food involved!

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We missed Earth Day due to our spring break, but in its honor we learned all about what it means to recycle and help our planet Earth. Of course it’s never too late to celebrate and do our part to help planet Earth thrive! We were introduced to "Wasteful Wally", a friend who was so quick to toss recyclable items like plastic and paper into the trash! We respectfully corrected this behavior and taught him a lesson all about recycling! Now we can call him "Wonderful Wally! We engaged in a school-wide cleanup, used some natural elements for writing practice, and sorted ways we can make the Earth happy using visuals. The takeaway was we can make a difference by forming and exhibiting environmentally friendly habits each day!

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That’s it for April! Stay tuned for our May post!

-Erica