What can we do with a pumpkin or two?

What can we do with a pumpkin or two?
We can push those in like this.  (nails) – Serenity
We need a hammer. – Kenya
Let’s see what’s inside, I think there is a man in there. – De’Andre
I can get the seeds they smell like a worm. – Jace
We can paint it. – Aaliyah 
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Shapes & Names

During a book making exploration the students became interested in lines and letters. We decided to draw with chalk on black  paper and use clear gems to cover each line. Some students created circles and squares while others created their names.

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We had the wonderful opportunity to visit Pleasant View Apple Orchard. The students had a great time picking and tasting several different varieties. When we returned to school we decided to create patterns using the apples as stamps. Ms. Pam cut the apples in half and even made some shape designs on the bottom. The students enjoyed creating different designs using their new apple stamps.
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Creating Structures

The students in room two have shown an interest in creating structures using different materials. Today we decided to explore straws and how they could be used. After a short period of time the students decided to get the playdoh from a nearby shelf. That is when they began using both materials to create new items.

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Outdoor Classroom

The students in room two are enjoying their outdoor classrooms. Many of the students have been exploring materials and how they can use them to create new things. We have also been reorganizing our outside spaces to create areas of interest.
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Friday Explorations

We decided to explore our Community on Friday.  We visited the war memorial, spoke with some friendly officers, explored a radio room, and cheered on a group of bikers headed to Washington. It was a wonderful day for our class.

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Planning our Butterfly Garden

The students in Room 2 have been working on preparing an area to create a butterfly garden.  The students pulled weeds, smoothed out the area and placed walking stones and a bench to create an observation area. We have also planted wildflowers that have been know to attract butterflies and will be receiving our own caterpillars within the next week.

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Exploring Light & Shadows

Last month the students became excited when they noticed different shadows appearing through the classroom windows. We decided to pursue this interest and explore different forms of light and the shadows that can be created. This week we brought in a projector, and it didn’t take long before the students were operating it independently.

That’s the light—Ghassan

Look, look its me, I think that’s a mirror and it puts it up there—Mohammad

(nob on side) moves the light, its hot—Gavyn

It make it go down and up—Mohammad

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Science Lab

Today our class became an active science lab. The students explored water, baking soda, corn starch , water, and vinegar to see what reactions would develop.

“I make that. WOW! Ta-da its green! -Erick

“Look bubbles, look!” -Kenya

“I want it to bubble so I put this in here and that. I used the vinegar and dumped it into the baking soda then it popped like a cup cake.” -Winter

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