What Animals Do In Winter
In February one of our WIN groups did a research project on what animals do in winter. We read books, took notes, watched videos, and prepared posters on animals that hibernate, migrate, and adapt in the winter. Then each student presented their research to the rest of the group! This was great practice in oral language, speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing.
We got to do a lot of fun things outdoors between snowstorms, including sampling the maple sap that came out of our tree in the front yard, and making bird feeders to help the birds survive the end of the winter.
We did a small unit on 3D shapes, in which we learned about the attributes of 3D shapes, used a shape spinner to graph 3D shapes, and experimented with which shapes roll, stack and slide.
On Rainbow Day, I put out an invitation to practice fine motor skills by sorting and arranging buttons to make a rainbow. We also made "Rainbows to 10" that showed combinations of 10 (1+9, 2+8, etc).
We also had a visit from leprechauns in our classroom! After we locked them up in a drawer, they somehow got out and our ingenious traps, made from recycled materials, managed to catch them while we were gone!