Mrs. Hickey’s Class – “Garden Party!”
Students in room 506 are learning all about plants in science this spring. They are getting an appreciation of the importance of plants and how they influence so much of our lives. A recent lesson began by introducing the 5 parts of a plant; leaves, flower, roots, stem and seed. The lesson began with a visual presentation on our Smart board covering the function of each plant part. Then students engaged in an interactive game in which they labeled the parts. Each student was then given a baggie filled with lettuce leaves, a carrot, a celery stalk, a broccoli floret, and some popcorn. They were asked to identify which part of the plant each represented. Working together as a team, students were successful in recognizing these samples. Then they were allowed to eat the samples upon completion. Students really enjoyed their healthful snack and traded with each other for their favorites.
We ended the lesson with a visit to our garden, where lettuce has been started by the Horticulture Career Exploration Training Program. Students enjoyed seeing the young plants actually in the ground. They got a better understanding of where the vegetables we eat come from and a chance to enjoy nature.
Mrs. Porter’s Class – “Worms are Wonderful!”
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The students of room 214 really love our science unit on planet life. In one lesson we discussed the effects worms have on soil which help our flowers and plants grow. The students began by watching “Worms are Wonderful” by Scishow kids. The students watched and learned about how worms improve soil and how people depend on the soil enriched by worms. We discovered earthworms are vital to soil health and to plants growing in it because they transport nutrients and minerals from below to the surface by traveling through their waste. Then to find out how worms really feel we had some sensory fun. First we combined 3 parts corn starch to 3 parts unsweetened cocoa. Then we added water to make a fun goop. Mrs. Porter added fishing worms and some pebbles to the mix. We each had a chance to put our hands in to find the worms. We each then used a descriptive word on how the worms felt. The class came up with slimy, soft and squishy. It was a great sensory experience!
Mrs. Smith’s ART Class – “Spring Splash!”
It’s so much fun watching and helping your child in art with his or her project! Recently, we had fun with art designs inspired by Andy Warhol and spring!
Some students created a Spring Splash project that focused on flower shapes arranged in rows and columns like Andy Warhol often created pieces. Students cut out flower shapes and painted using neon green on black paper. Great job art students!
In our career group, called Merchandising & Manufacturing II, students worked on creating a wooden bunny. Once the bunny was drawn, a stencil was created and given to Wood Shop career group to cut out the wooden shape. The bunny shape was sanded and painted a base color. Finally, we decided on a pastel sponge paint and bow!