The end of October and Halloween allowed the children to transition into learning more about the world and improving both their writing and spelling abilities.
The 3A children began the month by learning about the 4 seasons in the year and the differences that those bring in terms of weather, vegetation, and life cycles. This allowed the children to begin thinking about how the changing of the seasons affects life around them, which then helped them move into learning about plant life cycles and the vegetation that occurs during these cycles. There is much more detail to plant life than can be covered in one week so the children learned about flowers, how plants reproduce, and how they spread their seeds. They ended the month by learning about animals. With that unit they learned about what life cycles are like for animals as well as what adaptations are and what animals have them and how they help them. These lessons are very important for children to learn, and the science and social studies lessons helped cement these concepts for them.
The science unit commenced with children learning how seasons occur. They learned that the rotation of the earth around the sun, in addition to the tilt of the earth, allows seasons to occur. As the lessons moved towards learning about plant life the children had to begin to think about what things are made from plants and the role that deforestation plays in a worldwide environment. This was followed up with a science lesson where children planted beans into soil and are currently growing them in the classroom. There were 4 different conditions for the plants to grow: a control group, no watering, no sunlight, and no soil. This lesson will continue throughout the next month as the plants will grow (or not) and children will compare the results to their predictions. The final science lesson had the children learn to do research from books they read about animals and try to figure out facts about the animals.
The role play unit began by having the children learn about animal life cycles through the seasons. They acted as different animals and how they need to eat certain amounts before winter arrives whereupon they learned the word hibernation and what it means to different animals. The following week, the children learned about photosynthesis by modeling different parts of the plants. They learned about the interaction of sunlight upon leaves and how carbon dioxide is brought into the leaf and how different parts bring in water from the roots to make sugars for the plant. Continuing the plant lessons the children then role played plant pollination and seed spreading. There they learned how bees spread pollen from plant to plant and then got to spread their seeds through different methods like sticking to animals, spreading by wind, and having animals eat their fruit. The final role play had the children learning about adaptations and the food chain by playing as animals within a competitive environment.
As a result, this month has been full of important lessons for the children in terms of learning about the world around them.