In science, we learned about the three types of energy: heat, light and sound. We have already learned how heat can change the physical properties of matter. We learned about light this week. We talked about sources of light that are both natural and man-made and we sorted objects that produced light and those that do not produce light in our science journals.
We read the story The Very Lonely Firefly and learned that a firefly is a natural form of light. We enjoyed simulating fireflies with our glow sticks.
We learned that sound is another form of energy and that sound puts off a force that is a vibration. We loved making sound with our noisemakers. We also used a tuning fork to hear the vibrations. We saw the vibrations a balloon makes when the air is let out too and thought that this was very funny.
We had a lot of fun carving our pumpkin and taking out the "guts". We couldn't decide if we wanted a happy or scary face, so we did both.
We read the book Too Many Pumpkins and we learned about the pumpkin life cycle.
And we had fun creating a craft of what is inside a pumpkin.
In math, we reviewed the numbers one through 10 and practiced by making our own snake and mice to practice counting from the book, Mouse Counts.
We also began working on our numbers in the teens. We made something called a Rekenrek that will help us practice learning combinations and different ways to visualize mathematical thinking. Rekenreks are used to help develop addition and subtraction strategies, such as doubling or finding near doubles as well as thinking in terms of 5's and 10's instead of counting from one each time or counting on in addition and subtraction. Students improve their ability to regroup numbers when solving addition and subtraction problems. We had fun representing our teen numbers with these.
We enjoyed reading the book, 12 Ways to Make 11, to help us learn different number combinations.
I enjoyed seeing many of you at the Hill Carnival. What beautiful weather! Thank you for coming out to support our school.