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The Children's School at Stephens College

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January 2014

Art, Music and French in Preschool

Students in the preschool are working hard in all of their specials. In art students are learning about patterns by making chain links, and paper weaving.20140131-075947.jpg

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In music students are learning about tone: forte is loud and piano is soft. The students sang with Ms. Violet using loud and soft voices.

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Measurement Conversation Sparks at Circle

Today, at circle, Miss Michelle asked the students what their favorite activity was to do in the snow since we are supposed to be getting some snow this weekend. The students gave a variety of responses…

Then, one of the students said he heard there would only be 1 inch of snow, where another student heard the snow would be taller than he was. So… What did we do next? We measured how many inches tall, Josh was. We found out that in order for the snow to be taller than the majority of our class, we must get 44 inches of snow.

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Bio Poems

 

This morning our student teachers introduced a new kind of poem called a Bio Poem. The format for this type of poem is:

  First name

Three or four adjectives that describe the person

Important relationship (daughter of . . , mother of . . . , etc)

Two things I love

Three feelings

Three fears

Two of your biggest dreams

What I want to be when I grow up

 Last name

Once everyone finished creating their poems, they traced and cut out their silhouette and on to black paper. Their published poems will be on display next week in the Sun Room.

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Bacteria

On Thursday, Katrina Walker and Louis Bichler from the Science Department at Stephens College, came over to swab for bacteria in the classroom with our 2nd through 5th graders. They took samples from feet, walls, pencils, tongues, belly buttons, ears, noses, hair, and hands.

Today we walked to the lab to learn more about bacteria. The students looked under microscopes and drew pictures of what they were observing.

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Here they are swabbing for bacteria in the classroom.

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They observed bacteria from bread, pneumonia , and much more.

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Then Ms. Walker brought out the petri dishes from the incubator taken from our classroom.

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The students were able to observe how bacteria grew on their samples.

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Savannah tested her tongue.

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Nora and Natalie tried out the bottom of Nora’s foot.

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Thomas tested his head.

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Konrad tested pencils and Rachel did her ear.

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Maggie looked at bacteria in her nose.

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Kaylee and Elena tested the tables.

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Marley and Michael looked in a belly button.

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Konnar tested our wall.

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And Eric tested his hand.

When they finished observing bacteria, they did an experiment about how bacteria travels.  Each student was given powder to put on their hands.  They shook hands with friends until they found the person who was carrying the bacteria.

Please ask your child about their understanding!

Exploding Bags!

Our junior scientists learned about making hypotheses in small groups this week! They created exploding plastic baggies… How you ask?  They started by making baking soda “packets” and then dropped them into a Ziploc bag with warm water and vinegar.  Next step… zip up the baggies and then take cover! The students concluded that the more baking soda added to the paper towel “packets” the quicker our bag exploded!

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50 States

In connection with our Westward Expansion study, student have been learning the 50 states.  They have been working with maps as their family travels west and have enjoyed the song below:

The 50 States That Rhyme- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUFeVKeKRQc

Feel free to try it out with your family!

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Baby Nursery in Wonderland

The loft has once again transformed… And this time, it is a baby nursery. The students played well together as they took on various roles in the dramatic play area. Some students fed the babies, while other read books to the babies, changed their clothes, and bathed the babies. It is wonderful to see the students working gently with the babies and caring for them so well.

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Science, Science, Science

In Ms. Shelby’s group this week, students made predictions about what they thought would happen when trying to make baking soda ice cubes. All the students created a hypothesis — then, the next day, after the ice cubes were frozen, they took them out. Students discussed and recorded their observations. Next, they added vinegar to the ice cubes! They began to fizzle and pop! The students discussed the results and recorded their final observations.

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A Slimy Morning

The morning preschool class made SLIME!  We split the students up in three different groups so everyone got a turn to add an ingredient.  Then, each student was able to stir for 10 seconds!  Finally, we recorded the adjectives the students used to describe how the slime felt and smelled.

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