Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Peek Into the Classroom 4/28/17

This is the last blog post of this school year. It feels like we are on a rollercoaster that has just reached the very top and has started careening down, going faster and faster! A lot has been going on! I'm already missing all of you.

As you know we are in the middle of our next big project: Whales! We will present our research at the Expo on May 31st. It has been so interesting and has led us into so many areas of inquiry. These are some of the lessons that Ms. Leslie has made for us that you won't see at the Expo:

Do you like our flukes?           
Layers of the ocean

Image result for a plastic ocean
We watched A Plastic Ocean. You can find it on the internet. We also own a copy that you can check out. Sir David Attenborough, a personal favorite, called it 'the most important film of our time'. We are thinking of ways that we can help with this problem.

Today we talked about whales in captivity. We are writing letters to Seaworld to tell them how we feel about whales in captivity. We adopted a male Orca named Fife. "Fife has an older sister, Corky. Fife has never met his sister as she was captured in 1969, and has been held captive by Seaworld since 1987. Fife is quite a character, extremely handsome and gaining stature within his community. "
We're really looking forward to the monthly updates we will get about Fife.
  • ps seen in the Johnstone Strait during the winter, but they also reach into southeast Alaska and so their range is more than 300 miles/ 500 kilometers!
  • Fife - Male Orca Whale
    FIFE - MALE ORCA
    Fife has an older sister, Corky. Tragically, Fife has never met his sister as she was captured in 1969, and has been held captive by SeaWorld since 1987. Fife is quite a character, extremely handsome and gaining stature within his community.
 Diving Depths of  Different whales
 Sewing Whales
 Watercolor Techniques for Painting Whales. Come see our exhibit!
 Whale Sculpture Using the Geofix Geometry Material
Whale Blubber Experiment

  Matching flukes to whales.
 Making a Krill Swarm
 Comparing fish to whales
Whale distribution and migration
Cleaning up an oil spill
And many more...
 We shared many whale lessons at Theme Sharing
 Matching Flukes to Whales
 Individual Whale Research
 Venn Diagram: Comparing Baleen to Toothed Whales
 Whale Watercolors
 Depth of Whale Dives
Weaving the Whale Tapestry


Pajama Day! We did our morning work in blanket forts and watched The BFG (our fall read aloud) in the afternoon (with popcorn and lemonade).



We welcomed a new friend who will join our class next year.

 Please visit our fairy house at Ann Marie Gardens.
These first years are very interested in algebra.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm definitely going to watch A Plastic Ocean!

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