November 2016 – Level 2A
The third month of the school year has come to an end! We have been studying a good variety of topics including Seasons, plants, flowers/ seeds and animals.
During week 1 we discussed the 4 different seasons and what weather and natural characteristics can be associated with each season. Week 2 was all about plants, we discussed the different parts and their uses to help meet the plant’s needs. Week 3 saw the students learn about how seeds can be spread and the process of pollination. During week 4 we learned about different animal categories such as mammals, reptiles and birds.
Week 1’s main goal was to help the students understand what seasons are and the main characteristics each season holds. We discussed the concept of how seasons rotate throughout the year and this changes the weather, plant lifecycle and animal lifecycle. Students also learned about hibernation and how/ why animals do this. During science class we analyzed the world globe, equator and the sun in relation to how the planet spins to help create seasons. We built on their geographical knowledge to predict how severe countries seasons are.
During week 2 we learned about plant parts and their different uses to help the plant meet its needs. We discussed new vocabulary such as stem, roots, seed, flower and leaves. Students had the opportunity to grow their own plants in the theme role play lesson, we used soil, pots, seeds, water and a shovel to help plant our own seed. Students had to then predict the outcome over the next few days on how the seed would grow.
Week 3 was all about flowers/ seeds and the processes associated with them. Students learned about the pollination and how it happens, we even pretended to be bees and butterflies while spreading pollen from flower to flower. We not only looked at pollination but different ways flowers can spread their seeds such as a dandelion using the wind.
Week 4 really challenged the students with a lot of new vocabulary about animals and their categories. Students learned about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians and bugs and what makes an animal fit into these categories. We discussed how mammals create milk for their young and have fur, while reptiles are cold blooded and have scales. Students really enjoyed this topic and there was a lot to talk about!
It’s been a fun and productive month for 2A class, let’s keep it up!