Division 7 learned a lot about ducklings. In the top picture, the ducklings are two hours old. In the middle picture, the duckling are two days old. In the bottom picture, the ducklings are two weeks old. They quadrupled their height and weight in that time. We could not believe how fast they grow.
The children have named our little ducklings Chip and Salsa. Chip is the smaller one on the left and Salsa is the bigger one. We could watch them all day!
Division 7 has some egg-citing news. One of our eggs started to hatch on Thursday morning. We watched the egg throughout the day as the hole got bigger and bigger. Finally, out came one egg-hausted baby . . .
. . . duckling!
Division 7 has been reading a lot of books about chickens and ducks. This is one of our favourite ones. “Chicks and Salsa” is about some chickens who get tired of eating the same old thing every day. The rooster decides to spice things up by having a fiesta with chips and salsa. Hilarious! After we read the book, we tried chips and salsa ourselves. Then we asked ten friends if they liked chips and salsa, tallied the answers, graphed our results, and wrote a conclusion. Ole!
Division 7 has been learning about oviparous animals. Oviparous animals are hatched from eggs. We have three eggs in an incubator in our classroom. We made our first observation using a special scope. The scope enables us to see inside the egg as it develops. We saw an air pocket on one end of the egg. We were also able to see a black dot which is the heart, and little red lines on the yolk. These red lines carry food from the yolk to the developing chick.
Stay tuned for more discoveries!
Division 7 explored some activities that encourage creative and critical thinking skills, and communication skills. These skills are best developed through play and collaborative work. The students designed and created products, explored technologies, and practiced simple coding.
Division 7 learned that light produces energy so that we can see things. We know that there are natural light sources, such as the sun and stars, and artificial light sources, such as light bulbs and neon lights.
We know that we learn best when we are given opportunities to explore and experiment with materials. We used flash lights, mirrors and prisms to figure our what light can do.
We discovered that light travels in a straight line. We see objects when light shines on them and it bounces back to our eyes. When light bounces off something, we say it is reflected. When light passes through one thing to another, it can actually bend. This is called refraction.
Fun Fact: The moon is not a light source. Moonlight is just sunlight that reflects of the surface of the moon!
Division 7 has been exploring the properties of light. One of its properties is colour. We learned that although sunlight looks white, it is really a mixture of many different colours. These colours can be seen when a rainbow forms. Rainbows happen after rain, when the air is full of tiny water drops. As sunlight passes through the droplets, the different colours are separated so that you can see them. Have you ever seen anything else that can make a rainbow?
Here we are using soap bubbles to find the colours in light.
Readers must learn to use many strategies in order to become independent readers. Here are more strategies that we can use to figure out unknown words:
Chunky Monkey: Look for chunks in words that you know
Flippy Dolphin: Flip the vowel sound
You can help your child at home by reminding him/her to use these strategies when he/she gets stuck on a word!
Division 7 knows that we communicate information in many different forms.
We have been learning to give instructions using sentences starting with the words First, Next, Then and Last.
We used those words to describe and sequence the steps needed for How to Build a Snowman.
We typed our instructions on the computer and added a picture of a snowman looking up at the falling snow.