Greetings! We covered a lot of exciting themes this month. In week 9, the students learned about trees and forests. We reviewed the parts of the tree and how their parts are slightly different than smaller plants. We learned about photosynthesis, the process of how plants make food. More importantly, the students realized what trees do for people and the Earth, they help us get clean air and create habitats for a variety of plants and animals. We looked at a variety of climates and which forests grow in them. At the end of the week, the students learned about tree products, specifically wood and how paper is made. We took used paper and made recycled paper from it!

In week 10, the students discussed interesting reptiles and birds. We learned about those animals, their similarities and differences, and their body characteristics. We learned that the cold bloodedness of reptiles limits where they can live, while birds and their warm bloodedness allows them to live in much more extreme habitats and weather conditions. In science, we learned about the skin of reptiles, the scales and how they are used for defense and to keep their body temperature regulated by keeping in moisture. We used flower blocks covering moist tissues with a heat lamp over them to simulate the sun on a reptile’s skin. The students observed that the scales kept in the moisture. In role play, the students learned about bird nests, their types, and how they are useful for shelter and the safety of the eggs. They played a game where they were divided into groups of birds and reptiles. The birds had to keep their eggs safe and away from the reptiles that were stealing them.

Week 12 covered habitats, the areas where plants and animals live and coexist. We learned about seven habitats: tundra, plains, wetlands, ocean, desert, rainforest, and deciduous forest. For each one, they learned about the climate, and different plants and animals that are in those habitats. For science, the students were put into groups to exercise their knowledge by making a diorama, a miniature model, of a habitat. Using boxes, cardboard, construction paper, glue, and tape, the students created land, water, trees, plants, snow, and animals to suit their small habitat!

In the final week of the month, we covered farm animals. We began by discussing that farms and farmers grow plants and raise animals for food. We brainstormed what animals you may find on farms and their baby animal names. We also looked at where those animals would have shelter on the farm and what products they make for us such as milk and honey. The exciting science experiment of the week was learning how we make butter from dairy cream! It’s been an exciting month. Keep up the great work!

In “bird nest” role play, two students acted as birds sitting on their nest (the green pad) and protecting their eggs (the bean bags).

The other students were predators trying to steal the eggs.

After learning about habitats, students worked in groups to build different environments.

They used paper and glue to make trees, water, ice, and animals in boxes.