Sunday, February 19, 2012

On-site fieldwork at Home Depot

I hope everyone is enjoying their winter break so far! The weather this weekend has been wonderful! I went to New York City this past weekend to visit family and friends! :) It's strange how the hustle and bustle of the city relaxes my mind. I'm back in Albany and I'm excited to share the exciting photos taken from our very first bus field trip and more importantly very first project-based fieldwork trip! We went to the Home Depot on Central Ave with a goal to look at different kinds of lights! Ms. Blanchard's pre-k class also came with us to go on a scavenger hunt for construction items (they are studying construction).

When we first arrived at the Home Depot, we were greeted by several of the employees who were all super friendly and welcoming! The kids all received Home Depot aprons to keep. Equipped with their clipboards, the class walked through the various lighting aisles to look at a variety of lights. As we walked around, I noticed while everyone took notice of the variety of lights-some students also enjoyed looking at the signs and various packaging for the items. They were looking at words and letters. Some students made a variety of connections with items we saw. K.W noticed one light had a "mask" similar to the ones that football players wear. A.R noticed that one kind of light (vanity light) was similar to the one in her bathroom.
Scientists ready with their clipboards!
One of the lighting displays we saw
Mr. Shane, our light expert, tells the class about how the lights work

Mr. Shane was great with the kids-answering their questions and showing them things on the shelf
The class took interest in these color lights. We learned that the yellow one keeps away bugs. I may also be getting the black light for some glow-in-the dark painting!
Ceiling lights
These are the lights that K.W said resembled a football helmet
These LED lights were special because they were cool so the kids were able to touch them
The EXIT lights
Sensory lights-some of the children enjoyed making movements to turn the lights on and off
Sketching their observations
Exploring light switches
The students touch a light switch they picked out from the aisle
Class photo with Mr. Shane
The trip was very successful-it's always great to take students outside the classroom to learn! Flipping through their clipboards-I could tell they took a lot from simply walking through the Home Depot! I'll be printing all the photos from our field trip to have the students view them and talk about things we learned. The photos will also be on display at our light project celebration! Below are some sketches the students made on their clipboards during the trip--
J.A's sketch of a ceiling light-complete with the fan!
J.C's sketches
K.W was interested in the signs by the products
J.M uses shading to depict the light. In fact, many of the students commented on how bright the lights in the store were!
G.A's sketches-there was a neon sign that said OPEN
A.R's sketches-she uses several lines to depict the lights
D.K drew one of the floor lamps-he too uses shading to illustrate the light
Special thanks to our parent chaperone's-J.A's mom and T.S' dad and T.W's mom who met up with us at the Home Depot. And a super big thank you to the staff at Central Ave.'s Home Depot who were accommodating, welcoming, friendly and were wonderful with the children! Shout out to Lynn and Shane, who was our "light expert" for the day! It's been wonderful to make such a great connection to a store in our neighborhood! :)

Friday was also Fuzzy Friends Day and donations were collected for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. The children brought quite a collection of stuffies! Here are some photos I snapped--

Reminder-nap blankets were all sent home on Friday! Also, I sent home a note regarding the next parent-teacher conferences-please make sure you check your child's folder for this to schedule a time for us to meet :) If you have any questions over the break, always feel free to email me! Here is a link of some events for children at various public libraries.