Brick and Mortar Project!

We used small building blocks, shaving cream, and plastic knives for building.  In a few books children have discovered that builders use mortar between bricks to keep them together to create houses and walls. 
While building the children had so much to say! Here are some of their comments on describing what they were building:
“I made  house with a window.” Javier
“I gave it a roof!  It has a garage.  You get into your truck, then go out the garage. “ –Steven
“It will fall without the shaving cream!” –Biannett

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On a walk.. to look at houses!

Outside of our school we have had lots of  new construction.  The children have really been engaged in interested in building their houses with various manipulatives, loose parts and Legos that were donated to our classroom by our volunteer, Ms. Diane.  Today we went on a walk to search for houses and talk about what they see.
Here are some of their observations:
“A house has windows.” –Genesis
“A garage is for cars, I have a garage.  They have gardens.” –Steven
“It has a door ‘cause you get it.  I got keys for the door.  It turns it around.” –Bre’Leia
“Some houses don’t have a garage.  This house have 4 doors” -Biannett

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Ducks

We are off to such a great start of our school year.  Children in room 4 have been working on routines, staying safe and getting to know what is in our community.  Today we took a field trip to the duck pond.  Children discovered that there are various types of ducks and explored the various plants that grow.   We also found 3 very big doors that the children really enjoyed looking through.

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First Day Back!

The children in room 4 had a wonderful first day.  Children became familiar with simple routines,  our classroom, and outdoor play areas.  We explored and had so much fun! During snack time we reflected on our first day and here is what some of the children said:

Bre’Leia: “It was good.  I like the puzzles.”

Luis: “I play so many games in the morning.”

Steven: “I love it! I made polka dots for Quarrington and me!”

Rylan: “I paint my mommy.”

Javier- “I play puzzles.”

Biannett: “I made new friends!”

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A Background for the Play!

The children of room 4 at the Gilliate building have been working very hard to put together live versions of two classroom favorite books… The Stinky Cheese Man and The Three Little Pigs! To support this amazing work, we took to the studio to find materials to create a background for the play! The children used different mediums, manipulatives, and natural materials to create a multi-dimensional piece that will help them bring their productions to life!!!

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Our Very Own Maps!

The children in room 4 have noticed maps in some of the books we have been reading. This led us to make our own maps.  The first one was the route in one of our favorite songs: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  The children made houses (the starting point), a bridge, trees, a river and boat, and the bear in his cave (the ending point). The next day, some of the students worked on a community map which included their homes, the school (with classmates inside), a store, cars, and monster trucks..

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Sounds!

Today in Room 4, the children added objects such as wooden beads, buttons, rice and beans to empty bottles to see what kinds of sounds they could make and which materials produced the best sound.

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'Not a Box'

Today in Room 4 we read the book Not A Box, which is about a rabbit who imagines his box isn't just a box, but a rocket or a pirate ship. The children then worked together and used their own imaginations to turn a variety of boxes into things like cars, pizza delivery trucks, favorite characters, presents, and houses!

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Books and Bookmaking

Room 4 has been talking about books and bookmaking.  Last week Emma Overman visited our class. She has illustrated several books including one called Chumpkin, which she read to us.  She told us what it was like to make the pictures for the book and how she did it (using colored pencils).  Then Emma stayed and worked on books and pictures with the students!

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Float and Sink

Today in Room 4 we did an experiment to see which objects float and which objects sink.  We tested items like clay, a paperclip, a button, aluminum foil (in a flat sheet and in a rolled-up ball), a popsicle stick, and a button.  The children predicted if an object would float or sink, and then each child got to drop an item in the water to see if our predictions were correct.

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