November has been an exciting month for 3A! Our themes are expanding out to the wider world and the students have really enjoyed learning about all of these exciting topics.
First we talked about seasons. In that week, students learned about the four seasons, and they got to try to recreate how the tilt of the earth in relation to the sun creates seasons in our Science class. For Role Play, they explored the life cycle of plants, animals, and humans, and how all of these processes depend upon the seasonal changes and mostly upon the response of plants to those changes. The students got to practice each of the different life cycles in turn, then practice them in groups all together to understand how each depends upon the other. The students also had an opportunity to write about which seasons they enjoyed the most, and their writing did not disappoint.
For plants week, the students learned about plant products and what a big difference those products make in our lives. Through group discussion, they imagined a world without plant products and tried to think of alternatives to the ones we take for granted every day. I have seen how this new understanding has increased their appreciation of things like paper tissues and encouraged them to view such products as a valuable resource worth conserving. We also learned about the all-important process of photosynthesis, and how important plants are for the survival of animals in general and humans specifically.
For flowers and seeds, students planted seeds in different groups and are still observing how they grow differently based on different light and water conditions. They made some excellent predictions as we planted the seeds, and as they grow the students are able to compare the predictions they made with the reality shown by their experiment. For role play, students enacted the process of pollination, and reflected upon the various ways plants try to entice a visit by pollinators in order to get the pollen they need to make their seeds. Then we also learned and acted out the important role animals play in seed dispersal. They had an opportunity to imagine themselves as a bee and write about their lives as bees as well.