Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, March 21st

The day that...
we built a snowman!

This is Decisive Deer's forest journal.  She put spaces between her words.  She put in a lot of details and her picture matches her words.
This is Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse's forest journal.  She put spaces between her words.  The spaces are nice and wide.  She spelled the sight/buzz words right!  She used colors to make it look nice.
This is Bubbly Black Bear's forest journal.  His words match his picture.  He put spaces between his words.  He also put a period at the end of the sentence.

During playtime we made a snowman!  Brave Barred Owl, Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse, and Decisive Deer worked on the head.  At the end of the day one friend knocked the head off of the snowman.  We felt sad.  That friend said sorry and we worked together to fix the snowman.
We finished our snowman!

Some of us were walking on a balance beam.  Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander almost walked to the end of it.

Decisive Deer was scooping the bird seeds into the bird feeder.

Some of us were taking the sap buckets off of the trees. 
We were looking at the sap and measuring the temperature after we put it in a pot.  Next we put the thermometer in the snow to compare and the temperature went way down.
We got to taste some maple syrup!  We boiled the sap and it was really bubbling.  After it was boiled it tasted yucky to some of us and delicious to others.

Mrs. T read a story to us while we were eating lunch.  It was about a little boy who gave bears his clothes.  And it was about pancakes!  We might make pancakes next week.

It was 40 degrees outside.  It was a GREAT day.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Animals in Winter

Even though our presentation was delayed because of the snow storm, we were still able to share about what animals do in the winter!  

In the weeks leading up to our presentation, students chose an animal and researched what it looks like and what it does in the cold winter months.  They made masks and posters that displayed the information that they had collected.  After learning a song about hibernation, migration, and adaptation, students helped to create movements to go along with the words of the song.

We were all proud of the performance and loved that our buddies and other kindergarten friends could come watch!

Please enjoy our presentation about animals in winter:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, March 7th

The day that...
We tapped trees and made grilled cheese.

We started the day with our journals.  Brilliant Box Turtle wrote "I hope to see scat."  He left spaces between his words. 
Wise White Footed Deer Mouse wrote I hope to see a snake.  He made a beautiful detailed drawing and his picture matches his words. 
Enthusiastic Eastern Newt wrote " I hope to see tracks." He drew a fox and its burrow.  He left spaces between his words. His letters are big so we can see them. 

This is wise woodpecker.  We had to find three things that matched Mrs. T's.  When we found the things, we could go and play.  The game was called duplicate.

We were making the steam flow.  Bubbly Black Bear and Eastern Redback Salamander are making the dam flow.
Responsible Red Fox, Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse, and wise woodpecker were placing sticks.  They were trying to make the bridge more balanced.  We were getting little sticks and Woodland Jumping Mouse found a big log.  

We ate grilled cheese sandwiches today.  We made them in the forest.  We used bread and cheese and we grilled them over the fire. The griddle burned the bread a little bit. When we tasted them it tasted good. It tasted different from grilled cheese we have had at our house.

 In one station we were looking for things that started with different letters.  We were sounding out things in the forest. Brilliant Box Turtle is showing us his zipper. Zipper starts with Z.  
This is a picture of a pine cone.  Pine cone starts with P.  We are making a Forest Kindergarten Alphabet book.

 In another station we were looking for maple trees.  We found one and then Mrs. T asked us to spread out and find a tree that was not a maple tree. We had to tell her what was different about our tree.
Cheerful Chipmunk's dad drilled a hole in a tree.  No sap came out so we put a tap in.  We put a milk jug on the tree and when it fills up we can cook it. We will make maple syrup.

The temperature was 37 and then it changed to 41.  We had a good day.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, February 28th

The day that...
Responsible Red Fox slipped on ice.

The first thing we did today was work on our forest plans.
This is Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander's work. It says "I hope to see scratches on a tree". We can read what he wrote because he left spaces between his words.  He listened and heard lots of the sounds that the letters make.  His words match his picture. On the picture it looks like the sky is in the distance. 

This says "I hope to see a hedgehog in his den." The writer left spaces between her words.  The words match the picture.  The writer remembered to put a period at the end of her sentence and she challenged herself to use lower case letters. This is Balanced Blue Jay's work. 

Next we headed into the forest.  We found a stream.  Wise Woodpecker is feeling the water as it flows over the rocks. 

After sit spots and morning meeting, we had time to explore the forest and play. We found a stream down the hills.  Snowshoe Hare is washing rocks in the stream.  Responsible Red Fox was playing in with the stream to find rocks. Brave Barred Owl was looking for rocks too.  She was also making a soup with leaves and snow. This stream was not there last time we were in the forest.  Maybe it came the same way the brook started. Maybe all the rain we had last week made a stream. 

Brilliant Box Turtle found a hole.
We are feeding the birds. 
This is a picture of a stick frozen on a box. We thought it was cool because the ice was blocking the water from coming out. It is also cool because these bubbles were trapped under the ice. 

In Miss Wetzel's station we were trying to find stuff that started with a letter.  In this picture we were holding up leaves.  Leaf starts with L.
Rock starts with R. 

In our other station we were pretending the blanket was snow.  We had to figure out how may children were under the blanket.  There were 5 children all together.  Mrs. T would ask some of us to go under the blanket and then the guesser would guess how many were hiding to make 5. 

We ate lunch in the forest today.  It was the first time in a long time that it was warm enough to stay out for lunch.  It was 40 degrees when we came outside. It was 50 degrees when we came inside. 

It was fun at the end of the day because we got to play again after lunch.  By the benches there was a lot of ice.  Maybe Mrs. T can bring up some sand so it is not so slippery next week.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, February 7th

The day that...
it flurried!

These are pictures of our forest plans.  In the top plan Wise Woodpecker drew a picture of a tree with a bird.  Her picture matches her words.  In the bottom plan, the writer made sure to put spaces between his words.  He also used lowercase letters!

We were feeling a deer antler!  An animal had nibbled on it.  Nibble marks are a sign that an animal has been in the forest.  Other signs could be holes in the ground, tracks,  scat, or actually seeing the animal.

For snack we had clementines and pretzels.  It tasted so yummy!  Thank you, Sweet Snowshoe Hare's family!

After snack we headed into the forest.  The whole class walked up the road because we didn't want to fall and get hurt walking up the slippery hill!

We started our day with sit spots.  Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander drew with a stick at his sit spot.  So did Wise Woodpecker, Bubbly Black Bear, Brave Barred Owl, Warm Woodland Jumping Mouse, Nice Northern Shrike, Balanced Blue Jay, Enthusiastic Eastern Newt, and Decisive Deer.  Some of us wrote designs and letters in the snow.

During play time Red Fox and Wise Woodpecker were ripping up a box to help Mrs. T get the fire going.  We didn't use all of it.  We saved some for next time.

Decisive Deer and some of her friends were sliding down a slick hill.  

In one station we were using magnifying glasses to look at snowflakes.  We saw that they have six sides.  All of us saw a snowflake up close.  We all got to see a six-sided snowflake!  They were really tiny and hard to take a picture of.  We could only enjoy them with our eyes.

In another station we were doing The Mitten.  We acted it out.  Each of us got to be an animal.  Some of us got to be two!  In the story the mole went into the mitten first.  An owl, mouse, bear, hedgehog, fox, rabbit, and a badger went into the mitten too!

When we came back inside Decisive Deer and Balanced Blue Jay were helping Mrs. T sew their neck warmers.

It was 28 degrees today.  It was a good day.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday Among the Trees, January 31st

The day that...
we went slipping and sliding.

We made neck warmers out of fleece.  Some of us were reading books while we measured and Miss Wetzel cut the pieces of fleece.  The fleece was 19 inches wide and 18 inches long.  Once they were cut, we folded them up and brought them to Mrs. T.

We were sowing.  We used a sowing machine.  Mrs. Luca saved the day!  She found extra thread when we ran out.  After sowing them we put our initials on them so that we would remember that they were ours.

We stayed inside for a while in the morning because it was very cold and we wanted to stay warm.  So we wrote in our journals and made neck warmers!

When we went outside and walked up the hill it was very slippery.  It was very, very, VERY hard to get up.  Some of us made it to the top and had to wait for the rest of the group.  Some of us fell when we were walking.  Bubbly Black Bear helped Engaged Eastern Redback Salamander get up the hill.  When we stayed together it worked well.  It also worked well when we listened to Mrs. T and walked slowly.  We also grabbed onto trees and other things to help us get up the hill.

A bunch of us were struggling to get up and some people were not listening... but we made it!  It felt really good  when we got there.

In this picture the squirrel is eating from the bird feeder.  It was probably hungry and was taking some of the birdseed to keep for the winter.  

During play time some of us were using tools.  Sweet Snowshoe Hare was raking the leaves and Cheerful Chipmunk is scooping the snow.  Others were playing in the log cabin.

On our walk back inside we saw deer tracks!

It was 25 degrees today.