Observing Red Worms
Kindergarten scientists have been observing the structures and behaviors of living red worms during Science this week. Our young scientists observed and identified the parts of a red worm and labeled them on a diagram. We investigated the wiggly world of a red worm by observing their behavior and how they move. Kindergarten noticed that the red worm’s body contracts and stretches to move forward. Ask your young scientist what they observed about red worms this week!
Our butterfly experts have been busy writing fascinating facts, painting stunning monarchs with true life colors, creating life cycles, and preparing their individual monarch butterflies during Learning Centers, to form a cluster of butterfly “ambassadors” for The Cooper School. Our Kindergarten class, along with students across the United States and Canada, will participate in a project to send symbolic butterflies to Mexico for the winter. Children at the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico will protect the butterflies and send them back north in the spring! Stay tuned for more information as we continue to prepare for our exciting symbolic monarch departure.
Comparing, Ordering, and Making Number Stories
Kindergarten mathematicians have been working in small groups to count, compare and order numbers through 20. Young mathematicians have been introduced to the double ten frame as a tool used to count and show numbers to 20. Ten frames also help students identify ten as an important benchmark in our number system. Students have practiced counting backwards from 20 and making number stories about finding sums. Kindergarteners have been using counters to count and compare numbers, and know to touch each object as they count. When comparing numbers, students use the words “more” or “less”. We have examined our line order to determine who comes before and after each student in line and then applied this to what we know about numbers through 20.