Thursday, June 12, 2014

Learning about Bees

On Wednesday afternoon, the students in our classroom learned about bees from a local community member.   Jackie Wintersteen is a friend of mine and a retired RES kindergarten teacher. She arrived and I introduced her as "The Queen Bee". She brought several props, including pictures, a real honeycomb from a hive, a smoker and a bee keepers headgear. She had the children act out the roles of bees in the hive. She also had a taste of honey for all of us. Did you know that a bee only makes about one teaspoon of honey in it's lifetime?!?

Insect and Spider Habitats

We have been researching insect habitats in our classroom this week. On Wednesday, students worked in three groups to color habitats on a classroom table. We then pushed the three tables together and now have a great area to work with our collection of plastic insects and spiders.  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Volunteers - Thank you!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped in and out of our classroom this year. A special thanks to our emergent reader volunteers Brooke, Laura, Lisa, Claire, Tammi and Lauren who read two to four times per month with individual students. Thanks to Meghann who helped us every Thursday with math projects. Thank you to Mrs. Wintersteen, who came into the classroom to help us with handwriting and various activities throughout the year. And thank you to Ms. Dumas who copied and  prepared many materials for our classroom.

Audubon Nature Center- Insect Discovery Field Trip

We had a fabulous time at the Audubon Nature Center last Friday searching for insects and other signs of spring. Our scholars enjoyed the Butterfly Migration game, flying from Vermont to Mexico and back, trying to avoid the hungry "birds". We learned about how insects camouflage themselves and had some fun camouflaging ourselves in the woods. We found some insects on the forest floor. A highlight of our trip was scooping in the peeper pond. We found dragonfly nymphs, mosquito larvae, water beetles, and other forms of insect life. We also found tadpole eggs, tadpoles, leeches and..... a crayfish with eggs. It was a great trip!