We've been talking about looking closely like a scientist for the past couple weeks. We have "explore tables" that the kids can go to when they finish their work, and I try to rotate what's at each table every few weeks. Below is a picture of one explore table, where students can use magnifying glasses to look at different rocks (or "crystals" as they call them) up close.
We went on a nature hike in the front yard and picked out an item that we could practice drawing up close in our science journals. Kids picked pinecones, leaves, sticks and rocks, and we talked about the importance of drawing details and using accurate colors.
We've also adopted monarch caterpillars! Thanks to one of our parents, we were able to get six monarch caterpillars to raise. We've been documenting what we see on a (semi) regular basis, and even got to watch one caterpillar form a chrysalis!
We've also done a little bit of art, including painting our own butterflies.
We also had our garden parent liaisons take us out into the garden, where we got to make nature bracelets, chop tomatoes, and try salsa.
Friday was International Peace Day, so the art teacher helped us make pinwheels and plant them in the front yard! It was the perfect weather, sunny and windy, for flying pinwheels.