Monday, February 25, 2013

Inquiry: Researching and Building a Fire Truck Out of Blocks!

The Dragonfly pre-k kids are doing an inquiry study on firefighters. They decided to make a fire truck with blocks. They first carefully drew their plans on the easel prior to block construction. 

(R)“We had an idea to draw a fire truck, so we copied it different. Then we started making it. I made something to get inside the fire truck.” 

(L)“I gave her the idea to put the siren on there. (Points to blocks) This is the siren we drew in our plans.”

Next they used a book about Fire Fighters to research fire trucks in order to help them build their own fire truck in the block area!

“We used the book because we didn't know if we wanted to use sirens, so we decided to use a book to find a picture of a siren.”

“We didn't know how we were going to make it [the fire truck] so the book showed us pictures to use.”

Ta da! Presenting the Dragonfly's very own fire truck. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Woodshop: Making Our Own Instruments

The Bumblebees Pre-K class made their own rain sticks during Woodshop last week...

Reading: A New Class Job!

The Bumblebees have a new class job that they have come up with on their own: Acorn Reader! Every day, one child reads a book to their pet fish Acorn. And the crazy thing is that Acorn moves over to look at the book every time!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Science: Spiders' Chocolate Taste Test

The Spiders K/1 class had a talk during lunch one day about chocolate: "What is white chocolate?" one student inquired. A long conversation ensued about chocolate with the teachers and children. "How can it be white if all other chocolate is brown?" After multiple conversations, a further investigation and taste test was carried out. 

"This one feels softer than the darker one. It's more moist!"

"They get blacker!" 
"This white one tastes more like milk."

"That dark one tastes sour and a little bitter."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Inquiry: The Spider's School Town

The Spiders K/1 class has been having a great time with their "Interesting Things" inquiry project where they have collected found objects and decided what they wanted to turn them into. Their newest idea was to use the objects to make their own town: The Spider's School Town! 

The Spider's School Town

 The Natural History Museum

 The Firehouse

 The Park

And, of course, every town needs a Space Launcher!