Monday, April 30, 2012

Our first visit to the State Museum

We had an exciting Monday with a short trip to the State Museum! Thanks to our school's partnership with the museum, we are allowed to visit whenever we wish! It's almost right around the block! Ms. Ingleston was telling me on the walk that the Eco-kids, a club she advises after school is planning on and thinking of ways to make the walk from our school to the museum safer. It was actually my first time visiting the museum so it was super exciting for me! As we were getting closer to the museum, many students recalled visiting with their families! It's no surprise because the museum runs lots of children and family friendly programs-check them out here.

We went with Ms. Ingleston and Ms. Rudnick's class to the museum. The walk was wonderful as well thanks to the beautiful weather!
Our class right outside the museum
Once we got there, we took turns working with Ms. Ingleston for the shape hunt and taking a brief tour of the museum. We were first to take the tour so we walked around the Adirondack Hall and the Native Peoples exhibit. We also passed by the Cohoes Mastodon exhibit. We did see a lot of things that connected with our learning about the natural world.
G.P and K.M views this exhibit with beavers
The kids view the mammoth
Inside the long house
Viewing the bones of a mastodon
Many students said it looked like an elephant

 When we returned to Ms. Ingleston, we went on a shape hunt!
The PreK kids with Ms. Ingleston
Ms. Ingleston talking with our class
T.W found a square shape in the rocks
D.K found a triangle in the rocks
O.B found a triangular rock
T.D found a rectangle in the body of the elk
We had to cut our trip a bit short because the alarms rang and we had to exit immediately. It was close to lunch time anyway so we left the museum following the alarm. We hope to return the museum at least one more time before the end of the year! We hope to bring chaperones for the next one so we can split up in small groups to explore the museum.

Outside today, both D.K and O.B wanted to snap some photos with the camera. The following are photos taken by D.K--

The following photos were taken by O.B--
Tomorrow, we will begin learning about recycling. The class will find out how recycling work and the recycling logo! :) 

Some of our morning meeting shares--- (we used the microphone recorder again!)