Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Tree Inquiry Continues ... and Senses Start!

This week, we went to check on our tree. Our weather up here had a big change - it snowed ... and the snow stayed! The changes in the forest were beautiful.

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

As always, students put their observation sheet on a clipboard. We checked the temperature on the Yahoo! weather app and recorded it then off we went!

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

I always fill our picnic-type basket up with extra pencils, some erasers, and crayons.

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

In their writing and their chatter, I noticed a lot of students thought their tree was dead! Instead of just telling them the trees are dormant, I found a book on the EPIC! app (sign up as an educator and it's free for you forever!). There is a section about seasonal changes in plants. We discussed how going dormant is the plant version of hibernation. Then, we wrote about it using a writing prompt page from my Daily and Seasonal Changes (writing prompts) package.

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

We are also loving our senses inquiry. I set out five stations every day and they choose a new one to explore and document.

 My Senses Inquiry

At the smelling table, the mortar and pestle is a big hit. We picked some cedar leaves from the backyard forest. I put the ends of the limes and lemons cut for the tasting table. The oil of oregano is a big hit - so yucky! Today, an educational assistant gave us a peppermint tea bag to try smelling! It was a big hit!

 My Senses Inquiry

For some reason, I never have any extra marshmallows ... hmm.

Happy November!

Miss Laidlaw

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Our Senses

Today, we started learning about our senses. This is part of our Grade 1 Health and Science curriculum as well as the Grade 2 Health (Growth and Development) curricula.

I've been thinking this lends itself to inquiry and hands-on learning for quite awhile. Last year, I simply read a book and maybe did some labelling activities. It was totally boring!

Last night, I made a booklet for my students to record their observations from the provocations I will set out next week. Today, we read a book on the EPIC! app (which is free for educators and has a plethora of amazing books - great for read alouds!). We read "My Senses Help Me" by Bobbie Kalman (Crabtree Publishing Company). The publisher has also provided a book for each of the 5 main senses in the free teachers' edition of this app.

 Senses - Primary Unit - Inquiry and Hands-On Learning

Today, students wrote the names of the 5 main senses in their booklet then labelled the sense organs. They're absolutely loving this booklet!

 Senses - Primary Unit - Inquiry - Hands-On Learning

 Senses - Primary Unit - Inquiry - Hands-On Learning

I can't wait to set up these provocations (lists of ideas for which are also included in this product). They're already loving mashing up leaves with my mortar and pestle.

 Senses - Primary Unit - Inquiry - Hands-On Learning