We had a great day at the pumpkin patch today! It was cold, but we were still able to conduct our science experiments, explore the corn maze, eat lunch, and pick the perfect pumpkin.
Back at school, we estimated and weighed our pumpkins, drew a picture of a jack-o-lantern, and got out our Digital Blue microscope. We were able to examine the parts of the pumpkin flower and vine. It was very interesting! We took snapshots and included them in our Smilebox creation.
Don’t forget to check out our pumpkin patch field trip stories. We scanned them and added them to our wikispace student pages.
The Wonderful Ones have worked this week learning about the life cycle of the pumpkin. We read several good books that you can find on our Shelfari list. The non-fiction, or informational texts, helped us to understand about the stages of growing pumpkins.
We added our mind notes to our science journals. We are using a special model to study vocabulary. We work on thinking of examples, non-examples, characteristics, and definitions of our new vocabulary words.
We also enjoyed learning a new vocabulary word this week, tendrils. We decided to investigate the tendrils at the pumpkin patch Monday on our field trip. We are thinking that they work together to connect the vines. We also think we should walk carefully so we don’t trip on the vines that are hooked together with these tendrils.
Our class has accepted the Diversity Rocks! challenge. We decided to read and try to post our progress daily.
Ariel reports: We read two books by African American authors today.
Kayden reports: I picked The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson because I thought it was going to be a good book.
Charli reports: I thought that Cloudy Day Sunny Day by Donald Crews was going to be a good book. It was a good book!
We saw our science experiment had a code to embed in our blog and the students were excited about giving that a try… so here is our look at solids and liquids and changing the state of matter. As of now, the game won’t load all the way, but this is what it looks like. A link for the game follows: Solids and liquids.