Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snowflake Bentley

Yesterday we read the story of William Bentley — a man from Vermont who loved the snow. He was the first person to take successful photographs of snowflakes. 

Today we were able to go outside and observe snowflakes! The snow wasn’t falling while we were out— but there was some fluffy white snow that we could shake onto some scraps of black wool fabric — to provide some contrast. 
First we tried to look closely with our eyes. 

Then we used a mini microscope and magnifying glasses to look more closely. 

We even tried to photograph the snow with our classroom camera (waterproof and shockproof!) (we will try to load some of those onto the blog tomorrow).

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Welcome, 2018!

We talked about what the New Year meant ( and how our calendar New Year is different from the Lunar New Year)( which we will celebrate in February).

We read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution. Squirrel helps her friends start their New Year's Resolutions, but she can't think of one of her own. At the end, she decides that her resolution is "to help someone every day" .

We thought that some good resolutions for our whole class would be:
Be Kind
Be Helpful
Be Happy

And then everyone thought up a personal goal for 2018!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Changes in the schoolyard - part 6

The field is mostly covered in grass now. We wonder what they will do around the edges? Will they cut the grass off? Will they tuck it under? Will they put something else on top of the edges of the grass?

The big white bags are still on the edge of the field. The construction worker told us that we will have to wait a little longer to see what is in them :)

Changes in the schoolyard - part 5

Today we noticed some big white bags lined up along one edge of the school yard. We wonder what they are for?

We have been seeing so many machines!
Only small, light trucks are allowed to drive on the grass. Heavy trucks will damage the grass.

We saw a water truck. K asked one of the construction workers what the water truck is for. We found out that the water truck wasn't needed here, but the many who was driving the water truck was needed here.

The bobcat has a forklift on the front. The forklift can move the wood pallets that hold the rolls of "underlay".

These workers need to move a large roll of underlay. They put a long pole through the hole in the centre, and then lifted and rolled the roll to move it where they needed it. They made a simple machine called a wheel and axle!

Changes in the schoolyard - part 4

We notice something new everytime we come out to observe!
We finally see some grass!

We noticed that the other rolls look like foam, and they look soft. The soft ones are under the grass. We wonder if it will make the grass squishy or bouncy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Changes in the schoolyard - part 3

New things keep happening and appearing!

There are big poles at both ends of the school yard. We wonder what these are for? Maybe they will be gates? Maybe they will be part of a fence?

Those giant cylinders were some kind of covering for the ground! We watched one being unrolled. It looked like a giant fruit roll-up! It looked squishy, not hard.
We found out later that these are an underlayer that goes under the grass (turf)

Changes in the schoolyard - Part 2

We continue to observe the yard every day or two. We try to notice what has changed from our last visit!

First, we noticed that the piles of black gravel are gone. We think that they might have been put on top of the field and were smoothed out. Because the field looks darker now.

We notice some wire "tubes" or "cages" lying on the ground.

It was easy to notice these large cylinders. They blocked our view of the field! We looked closely and noticed that there are two stacked together. One on top of the other! We wonder what they are for?

We also noticed lots of signs. Ms. Brown read what they say. The signs are messages that we should follow to keep ourselves safe. The people who do the contruction have to follow the messages to stay safe as well.