February is Children's Dental Health month. Today we learned about lots of different animal's teeth and talked about how ours are similar and different. Did you know seals are born with no teeth, just like us? Did you know adult teeth can grow in behind baby teeth in rows, just like sharks? What other similarities and differences can you find with animals teeth?
Now...just for fun! How observant are you? Whose healthy smile belongs to you?
The answers! From left to right...
David, Malcolm, Kieron, Taj, Siena, Rocco, Rachel, Charlie, Lily, Mary, Tessa, Will, Lilah, Otis, Gavin, Hayleigh, Remi, Lee
Since we didn't get to go cross country skiing we took the day to study the water cycle. We learned the words:
evaporation condensation precipitation run-off
Then we made the water cycle in a bag. We hung the bags in the window and we'll be observing them over the next few days.
You can see the water vapor forming on the sides of the bag to represent condensation and droplets on the sides to represent precipitation. The evaporation is still invisible, but the bags squish around if you play with them and we can make the water run down the mountains!
We wrapped up our study of the water cycle with a letter to a snowman. We were given a challenge to tell a snowman why he shouldn't be worried that summer is coming and the days are getting hotter. Here's some of what we came up with. We are very clever!
We've graduated and we're moving on from owls. We are experts and we're sad to see them go, but we're looking forward to learning new things. Our owl presentations are finished and ready for viewing. Here's just one fabulous example below. The rest can be found right next door to this page on the Kids Blog (published over the next few days)! Be sure to read up on your owl facts.
Today we got ourselves in the mood for Owling Night. We practiced Owl Moon twice more for good measure and it's sounding great! Rumor has it that another first grade class saw two and heard and third owl on their Owling Night. We know that owl sightings are rare, so we thought we would channel our inner owl with some fun owl artwork this afternoon!
We challenged ourselves to draw an owl WITHOUT ever picking up the marker. This is called continuous line drawing. It makes for some crazy looking owls that are really fun to color in! You could try it at home with any animal!
Today we wrapped up our measuring and data unit. We created one last survey to ask our friends and then graphed the information we found. A bar graph is a quick and easy way to analyze data. Check out the data we collected about our class preferences below!
We've been busy, to say the least. This week we started measuring things besides length? Can you measure how much people like chocolate ice cream? Or if people would rather be dinosaurs or gorillas? Sure! We now know how to take survey and analyze the results. Today we got to make up our own questions and find out our classmates preferences. It was a challenge making sure we were organized enough to ask all 17 of our classmates.
We wanted to know...
Would you rather be an elephant, snake, or barnacle?
Do you like mangoes, peaches, or apples better?
Would you rather play on the slide, swings, or monkey bars?
Do you like math, reading, or writing better?
We also spent some time graphing fun 100th day of school information. Yesterday we predicted how many times we could write our name, legibly, in 100 seconds. Then we tested out our predictions. Some of us were close and some of us were REALLY far off. We analyzed this information too and made a neat graph. Sometimes a picture is worth 1000 words.
We're only 6 and 7, but boy do we have big plans. Today we talked about our bucket lists. Look out world we have lots to do in the next 96 and 97 years!
Before I turn 100, I am going to...
We've been learning a little about government in our social studies learnings. The mayor of Aspen is in charge of helping keep us safe by making upstanding rules and laws. We follow certain rules and laws at school everyday that help keep us learning and safe. This morning we took some time to think past Aspen Elementary and pretend we were the Mayor(s) of Aspen/Snowmass. We have some pretty great plans for this town of ours. We think we should be in charge!
Just to name a few of our outstanding ideas for Aspen...
No more smoking. We care about our lungs.
Recess all day! Fresh air is important.
Be nice to animals. Only use them for protein.
Always be respectful. The world will be a better place.
Books at the library are free to keep at home forever. Let's all read some more.
Today we heard from the reporter, scientist, and even from a special guest Miss Julie Markalunas.
Finally, our friend Miss Julie came in to share a fabulous book with us all about filling buckets. When you fill a bucket you make a friend feel good. When you dip into a bucket you make a friend feel bad. One REALLY EASY way to fill a bucket is to greet someone. You can say:
Hello Good Morning How are you? You look nice today! Nice to see you! What's Up?