Thursday, January 19, 2012

A short week, filled with playing and learning.

Enjoying the snow before the rain washed it away!
10 sets of hand prints = 100 fingers
Filling our classroom with rainbows this week helped us learn about the letter R.
Creating and reading words.
Playing with magnets.
Looking through a periscope on our submarine.
Playing hide and seek.
It's not just soccer, it's moving goal soccer!

We will be oceanographers for the next few weeks.
Morah Katie: Look at the picture of the earth, what is all that blue?
Dena: The water.
Levi: The oceans.
Morah Katie: Is there more blue or green on the earth?
Tori: Blue
Morah Katie: Water covers about 70% of earth!
If we cut earth into four pie slices, 3 would be blue and 1 would green!
Kian: It's a lot of blue.
As oceanographers, we are also marine botanists.
We know that seaweeds and algae provide food and nutrients for all types of ocean life.
Morah Katie: Does the seaweed plant look like anything familiar?
Levi: A plant.
Morah Katie: Yes, it is a plant. Where would you find seaweed?
Dena: In the ocean!
Morah Katie: The seaweed looks like a land plant, they are similar.
Instead of roots, it has a hold fast, and it's stem is called a stipe.
Seaweed has something special - a float! What do you think it does?
Levi: It holds the leaves.
Morah Katie: The leaves, or blades, are attached to the float.
When you float in water, are you at the bottom of the pool or tub, or the top?
Kian: The top.
Morah Katie: What do you think the float does for the seaweed plant?
Levi: Keep it floating.
Morah Katie: Yes, the float keeps the blades of the seaweed near the surface of the ocean, why do the blades need to be near the surface?
Morah Katie: What do plants need to grow?
Tori: Water
Dena: Sun
Morah Katie: Yes, why do the blades need to be near the surface of the water?
Levi: To get the sunlight.

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