April 5-9


We started our morning exploring the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly.  We listened to the story, Busy Butterflies, and watched a couple of video clips.  We found out that a butterfly starts as a very tiny egg.  The egg hatches into a tiny caterpillar.  The caterpillar grows for about 2 weeks before it spins a chrysalis.  It is in the chrysalis for about 10 days.  Then it turns into a butterfly.  We created a timeline of a butterflies life cycle.  We had to cut and glue them on our paper in order.  Next, we were introduced to our 2 new sight words some & what.  After reviewing all of our sight words, we read through our new emergent reader, The Life Cycle of a Butterfly.

We also read the nonfiction story, Butterflies.  Did you know that butterflies have their taste sensors in the feet?  Some butterflies only live about 4 or 5 weeks and others live up to 9 months.  Monarchs can’t fly when it is cold out, so they migrate to warmer weather in the fall.   We also found out that butterflies have symmetry.  That means that they look exactly the same on each side of their body.  

Our math lesson today was all about symmetry.  We started by reading the story, What is Symmetry in Nature?  Then we completed two different projects.  First we cut out a small butterfly.  Then we each took a turn putting paint dots on one side of the butterfly.  We folded it in half (on the line of symmetry) to create dots on the other side.  Now we have a symmetrical butterfly.  We also colored a butterfly.  We had to make sure it was symmetrical by coloring the same color in the same spot on each side of the line of symmetry.  

In religion, we talked about the first miracle Jesus performed.  He turned water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana.  After listening to the story, we completed a dot to dot picture.  


We started reading with a question, What do plants need to grow?  Some of us thought we knew the answer, but what if we were wrong.  Together we brainstormed different places we could gather information to answer our question.  One of the places we could look is in a book.  We read the story, Seed to Plant.  As we listened to the story, we tried to figure out the answer to our original question.  We found the answer in the middle of the story on a page titled “What Do Plants Need?”.  After reading the story, Ms. Torborg introduced us to the table of contents.  In a nonfiction story, it tells you where to can locate information in the book.  We were easily able to locate the page we needed in the table of contents. 

Next we reviewed the characteristics of a living thing.  A thing is living if it needs air, food and water, & grows and changes.  Then we determined all of the different things a plant needs to grow- sunlight, water, air & soil.  We created a little flip chart to help us remember.  Ms. Torborg had the chart ready.  We had to color the words for the front (What do plants need?).  Then under each section we had to answer the question with a picture and words.  After creating a flip book identifying the needs, we started an experiment to see if we are right.  We planted some grass seeds in 4 different cups.  We are eliminating one of the needs in 3 of the cups (water, sunlight, and soil).  We are going to see what happens.  

In religion, we reviewed the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish from yesterday.  Then we watched a short video about it.  

In Math, Ms. Torborg told us a story about birds sitting on a wire.  Once when she was out on a walk she saw 10 birds sitting on 2 telephone wires.  Our job was to figure out how many different ways they could be groups.  We used a big piece of paper to draw a picture to help us solve the problem.  Then we shared and compared our answers with several different friends.