Lower Elementary studied the different parts and types of mountains and yesterday, the children were very excited to make their own mountain out of clay. Trish guided them in art, to create a clay mountain, then they labeled all of the different parts of their mountain. Next week they will start studying volcanoes.
Today LE had a visitor from Casey Farm. He spent the morning teaching them about: migration and animal tracking, food chains, adaptations to winter, and hibernation/dormancy. He was very engaging and kept the children moving with some very creative activities.
Today we had an exciting visit to the URI planetarium and science labs!
In the planetarium, the children saw two presentations. The first presentation was about our sky and various constellations. We then viewed the “Cosmic Colors – Spectrum of Light” presentation. We learned that each color has a different energy level (blue has higher energy then green.) All of this information tied into our tour of the science labs. For example, the children viewed cells in a microscope. When the microscope utilized different colors of light, different parts of the cell could be seen. The children were fascinated by an instrument that could measure 2 molecules bumping into each other and they could observe the resulting spectrum of colors to see how fast it was happening. Yana and Oleg told us that in their science lab, they are trying to create a drug to cure cancer! By the enthusiasm of these children in the science lab, it seems that we have several future scientists in our classroom.
Thank you so much to Yana and Oleg for a wonderful experience today!
Jennie and Gary
In Spanish, the Lower Elementary students worked on a project in groups. The topic was “Animals in different habitats.” Through this project they learned the names of animals, nature elements, colors, adjectives and numbers. They also presented the project orally in Spanish.
On Wednesday, Lower El invited the Children’s House classroom for a visit to hear The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. The children ate gingerbread cookies then Lower El lead a craft so that Children’s house could create their own Gingerbread babies! We thought you would enjoy these pictures.