We love being outside! We went to the Audubon on Wednesday to investigate insects and look for signs of spring. We found lots of creatures under the leaf litter, rocks, and rotting logs in the forest. The large black beetles, centipedes, and salamanders were favorites. We did discover a lot of ants as well. Their home was loaded with eggs and larvae. We saw the ants carrying eggs and plant material. At the pond we used nets to scoop out water creatures. We caught dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles, leeches, snails, etc. We could have scooped for hours!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Our field trip to the Whitcomb Farm on Thursday was a huge success. Mary Whitcomb, our farmer friend, did a terrific job showing us around the farm. We have been corresponding with Mary for several months. It was exciting to see many of the things she had been writing to us about. A few of our favorites included the robotic milking machines, the newborn calves, the "red cow", the chicken who lays "Easter eggs" (eggs that are a variety of colors), the cow food, and the barn. Mary was quite informative and we all learned a great deal about how to take of newborn calves and cows. She was able to weave in our Five Senses and Organisms science units throughout the trip. We want to thank NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont) for funding our field trip to the farm and coordinating our connection to a local farmer. We also want to thank Mary Whitcomb for her willingness to communicate with us and have us visit her farm. Thank you parent chaperones for volunteering on our trip. It was fun having you share this learning experience with us.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
We are working on a cooperative project with our fourth grade buddies. Partner teams are designing a flower that will be as tall as the kindergarten partner. Fourth graders measured their kindergarten buddies and now the challenge is on for each team to create a flower that is the same height as the kindergartner. We will meet again next week to finish our flowers. Thank you fourth graders. We love working with you!