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Five Day Class News 10/15/21

October 13, 2021
By Blue Star Team

Class: Blue Stars 5 day am

Recap: October 12 – October 15  Preview: October 18 – October 22

Dramatic Play: Entomology Lab

Theme: Insects (Focus on butterflies)

This week we continued our wriggling, flying and transforming Entomology Lab in the Blue Star classroom.  Students kept observing insects with microscopes, magnifying glasses and with their most powerful tools – their eyes!  They continued to learn about the different insects that have set up residence in our classroom.  In the motor room, students kept moving around the room like insects using scooter board!  Our young entomologists listened to lots of books about butterflies and moths.  Anchor charts were put around the room to show the life cycle of a butterfly.  The Blue Star class ended the week with an enjoyable nature walk around Brackenridge Park to do some bug hunting.

In the manipulative room, students opened and closed jars by using the “righty tighty” and “lefty loosey” rule.  Once the jars were opened, students counted 3 different sets of insect shaped erasers (3, 6, & 8).  They practiced tracing their uppercase A’s and lowercase a’s with dry erase markers.  They used colorful shaped flowers and insects to create 2 different patterns.  The Sensory Table tubs continued to be a place to discover what might be living in the ground beneath our feet.

Special stories:

This week our read alouds were: From Caterpillar to Butterfly, The Big Book of Bugs (Butterflies and Moths), Waiting for Wings, I See, Real Size Science Insects, A Way with Wild Things, A Book of Colors Butterfly Butterfly

Art and Science/Math Activities:

In art, students learned about reflection symmetry by painting one side of a bifold butterfly.  They used bow tie pasta to make a butterfly garden.  Foam stamps were used with colorful ink pads to stamp the life cycle of a butterfly.  Coffee filters and liquid paints were used to make colorful butterflies on two separate days.  Students continued to be insects and draw their underground home (under the tables in the classroom).

Science was all around the Blue Star classroom again this week.  Students continued to be fascinated by our ant farm.  The busy harvester ants help the students understand how insects, like ants, work together to make a colony successful.  Our Blue Stars were able to observe the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle occur over time.  Tuesday and Wednesday our live caterpillars popped out of their chrysalises!  They are happily utilizing bananas, oranges and water to get strong enough to fly away when released.  This week, our Blue Star entomologists looked at a butterfly under a dissecting microscope.  On Thursday, students packed their magnifying glasses and water bottles and took a nature walk through Brackenridge Park to observe our 6-legged friends in their own environment!  The Blue Stars ended our insect unit by wearing their craziest socks!  We didn’t have six legs but the 2 we did have were very colorful!

October 18th – October 22nd:

The next week we will move to the deepest parts of the Amazon Rainforest to learn about its inhabitants with a special focus on amphibians.

We will celebrate our Dads on Wednesday, October 20th at 10:15 on the playground. Please remember to wear your mask!

Parents, please take some time this weekend to help your student learn about one special mammal, reptile, amphibian, or bird that lives in the Amazon Rainforest.  We will be talking about and doing things with the animal they selected in the upcoming lesson.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Christa, Ms. Adriana, Ms. Grace and Ms. Sudie