This afternoon we did a super exciting activity to demonstrate how bees drink nectar and pollinate with juice and Cheesies! Bees drink nectar from flowers just like how we would drink from a straw. We also did an experiment with the Cheesies and pipecleaners. They rubbed their fingers on the Cheesies and then onto the pipecleaners. This was able to show the kiddos the same effect that pollen has on the legs and bodies of the bees.
This morning we all gathered in the courtyard to celebrate first grade’s performance. They sang a super cute song about pets. For their second song they sang “When the Ants go Marching in”. We also recognized those students chosen for student of the month for March. Kent was the student of the month for our class. He is always prepared for school, comes in with a huge smile on his face each day and tries his best with every given task. Great job Kent!
This week our kiddos did a lot of learning about bees. We learned so many amazing facts about these little creatures. We made bees and hives to go with our bee writing.
Here are some of the facts we learned:
- Not all bees make honey & wax.
- The wax is used to make crayons, lipstick, candles, and shoe wax
- Only the females can sting
- They do a “dance or wiggle” to communicate and tell each other where the good flowers are
- They have 5 eyes
- They drink nectar which they ingest into a separate part of their stomach which they later regurgitate into honey
- They get pollen on their legs which transfers to other flowers and in turn creates fruits & veggies
- They are attracted to yellow and orange
- They can not see red
- Their are 10 types of honey bees
- A group of bees is called a colony
- 3 types of bees are part of the colony (the Workers (females)-collect nectar/pollen, the Drones (males)-feed the young and queen, Queen (female)-Only 1 in each hive
- They shed out of their pupa skin 4 times
- The Queen has a red head, she only lives for 4 months
- People called “beekeepers” take care of the hives
- The beekeepers wear protective gear so they don’t get stung
- Each hive has about 60,000 bees in each
We even got a chance to look at a bee and some honeycomb close up! How cool!
Ms. Kate stopped by last week to do some awesome finger strengthening exercises with us. These help to build up those fine motor muscles that are needed to write with. We practiced writing and making sure our letters were formed nicely and attached to those lines. She also brought a very special treat with her, her 2 little tortoises! They looked like babies but are 3 years old! We got to touch them and ask some very interesting questions!
On Thursday our little babies had their pictures for graduation. Can you believe the end of the school year is almost near! It seems like yesterday you all were coming in for meet the teacher, were so timid about joining our class and had no idea what to expect! I can honestly say we have had an incredible year! I am going to be incredibly sad to see all my lovelies head to first grade. I get teary just thinking about it! They have made such huge gains not only academically, but also emotionally and socially. They have truly become fine young ladies and gentlemen! We have prepared them as best we can and look forward to seeing all of their successes in first grade!
Today we read an awesome book by Janet Stevens called Tops and Bottoms and then did an activity to decide what veggies grow above ground and what ones grow below. Once we got some background knowledge into us, we ventured out back to our school garden to check it out! We didn’t stay too long since it was quite hot, but we had a pretty awesome time! Almost as soon as we got out there we saw a new little family of baby quail birds scurrying across the yard. I couldn’t get my phone out quick enough to take a pick. The Momma bird came running pretty close to us making a very loud noise. We got to talk about how that’s her warning call to tell us to back off and make sure we leave the babies alone. We then got to take a peak at all the lovely vegetables and herbs that are growing in the garden! The kids were so interested, especially since we planted some of our own this week. When we came back into class we did a math data collection activity. The kiddos got to interview 10 of their peers to find out if they have their own garden at home. Once they collected their data they analyzed it to decide how many people had a garden and how many people didn’t.
Today we kept with out adjective theme in writing, but this time we turned it on the kiddos! We talked about how adjectives make our writing sparkle! They add more interest for our reader. Each kiddo had to pick an egg from the bucket. Inside each of the eggs was an adjective. As a class we had to try and decide who that word described. Oh my goodness can I just tell you how much fun we had! We also realized that many of the words could fit for more than one person. What great qualities we have in our class!
This week we’ve been talking about plants and their life cycle. Yesterday we took a look at the 5 things that all plants need to survive: