Friday, March 30, 2012

We've hatched!!!

YAY! I'm sure most of you have heard from your child or seen for yourselves---the class chicks have begun to hatch! When we arrived Thursday morning, one yellow chick was already out of its egg. By mid-day, two more chicks hatched! It's now Friday morning and we have 6 chicks!!! It looks like we may be getting more from what I can tell of the pecks in the other eggs! The class have been super excited! Their enthusiasm is infectious! It was amazing for them to experience and see a chick come out of the egg!
We invited Ms. Blanchard's class in to see the chicks
D.K looks into the incubator
There is one of the yellow chicks and if you can see closely-the black chick is coming out of its egg
K.W looks into the incubator
T.D looks into the incubator
J.C looks into the incubator
The two chicks
J.A looks into the incubator
We came up with name suggestions for the chicks
The class voted on naming our first yellow chick-Jessica and our first black chick-Moe! After we voted, another yellow chick hatched! We'll be decided on names for the rest on Monday! I'm taking the chicks home over the weekend to ensure that they eat and drink. I'll try to upload some photos and videos over the weekend on how they are doing! I'll be moving them into a brooder too, so on Monday it'll be much easier for the class to view the chicks!

We had another student in our class recite the pledge of allegiance over the loudspeaker to the whole school! T.S did a wonderful job with the pledge and we are all so proud of him. Check out the following clip of him doing the pledge of allegiance!

We listened to a story called Daisy comes home by Jan Brett for our book talk. It's a great book about a girl in China who owns chickens and one, named Daisy accidently loses her way. We had some great turn and talk conversation during the book! We made predictions about what would happen to Daisy.

We got to talk about measuring today! We started off talking about why we measure and measuring tools. A bunch of students mentioned tape and a ruler! We looked at the different tools and we learned that when we measure, we can find out the size of something! We learned how to measure with small blocks. This is actually an activity I've done with my previous kindergarten classes and I was so impressed with how great our class handled the task! They were excited and measured properly with the nonstandard units! They were also great at working in partnerships! Working with their partners, they had to trace each other's foot. Following this, they used the blocks to see how long their feet were in blocks! The students also learned that when we measure, it's important to go from one end to the other end.
T.D models using the blocks to measure
D.K writes how many blocks the foot is (8)

J.A traces T.D's foot

T.W traces X.I's foot
T.S traced A.K's foot
O.B traces K.M's foot
D.K traces G.A's foot
T.W counts how many blocks her feet is
O.B's foot measured 7 small blocks!
A.K's foot also measured 7 small blocks
D.K counting how many blocks his foot is
The class had a lot of fun measuring! We'll have to think up more things we can measure! Next week, we'll measure everyone's heights and compare!

Thank you to all the families that came out for the junior science expo to support our students' science fair project! Many other teachers stopped and told me how wonderful the chick house was and I was proud of all the hard work the students put into it. If you didn't get a chance to see it-I'll have it out in our classroom for next week!
Our class' display at the junior science expo
 T.S also brought in a science experiment he conducted at home! He wanted to see which magnet would collect the most paper clips!
T.S' poster board

Photos of his experiment
He also created a bar graph!
Here he is explaining his project to Mr. Flynn
Hope everyone is enjoying their day off! Check back to see an update of the classroom chicks!