Protect The Birds

Outside our windows are lots of trees that birds like to hang-out on.  There were several birds that kept flying into the window.  Students wondered why this happened, what could happen to the birds, and how we could help them.  They decided to make bird protectors to hang on the windows so the birds would know it’s glass and they can’t fly through it.

I Wonder…..

To start off our journey into Sharing the Planet, KA came to school to observe what they thought was in these containers.  Throughout the week they guessed what it could be- a caterpillar or a worm.  We charted our ideas and watched videos.  Then on Friday we discovered that these have similarities of both a caterpillar and a worm……They are silk worms.

KA has enjoyed watching and feeding them.  They’ve grown from eggs and have multiplied.  We’ve watched them spin their webs and we have played with them and cared for them.  KA has even taken them home over the weekends.  We are on our last round of the cycle as some families have taken the last of our eggs home.


Bubble Inventors

KA loves water and creating potions and drinks in recycled water bottles.  On Friday while adding soap to the bottles, students were talking about the bubbles.  One student grabbed a marker lid to see if it would work to make bubbles.  Then the students explored other ways using a variety of recycled materials (marker lids, snack forks, old clue stick containers, etc.) to create bubble makers……As first graders and staff walked by they were amazed at our KA invention.


These are some of our movement words we came up when experimenting: speed, slow, fast, force, push, pull, gravity, skip, jump, reach, leap, run, fly, scoop, bend, fall, spin, roll


How To Build An Igloo

After reading The Mitten in January, KA asked to turn our loft into an igloo.  We watch a few “how to” videos on how to make an igloo out of ice/snow.

The students decided to use books to trace to make the blocks.


Afterwards, the students hung the paper up on the loft.  They then decided to make lots of snowflakes to decorate the inside.  During the reading of The Mitten students acted it out using pictures of the characters.  They would often act out the book.  KA decided to hang the characters’ pictures inside the igloo.


We ended by listing the steps we used to create our igloo.


It didn’t take long for students to go inside and read in the igloo as soon as it was built.  The igloo is a very popular area in our classroom.  Students read inside, have created restaurants, stores, and houses.


The igloo will be taken down this week and the students will explore what it will be next!

Research Projects

For our UOI Where We Are In Time & Place, KG studied things from the past and how they help us today. To begin with, we each brought in an artifact from the past.  We shared our artifacts with the class.  Our friends either asked questions or had a connection to the artifact.

***Please come back to this page as it will be updated with pictures and information once the final portions of our UOI are completed.

1. Asking Questions~

We explored these items in our classroom for a few days and then asked questions we had about them.  We learned the 6 different question words: who, what, where, why, when, how.  Our questions were written on post-it notes and placed near the items.  Then we asked our questions to those who let us use the artifacts.

2. Asking questions about things from the past~

After reviewing the 6 question words, we created a class chart.  We listed the words in English with Miss Sundquist, Chinese with Ms. May, Korean with Mr. Daniel, and then Mr. Boss wrote them in German (we have 3 kiddos in German class).  We used the chart to look at a variety of pictures from the past.  We wrote our book of questions we had about those pictures.  KA came up with a variety of types of questions.  This allowed them to have really good conversations with their classmates about the pictures and try to ask each other questions.


3. Research Outline of Mother Teresa and The Great Wall~ 

When Mr. Daniel subbed for KA, he introduced a person from the past, Mother Teresa.  The class learned how to generate questions and fill-out a graphic organizer.  Then they read a book about Mother Teresa to see if they could answer Mr. Daniel’s  questions.  Afterwards, the class filled out their own graphic organizer about The Great Wall.  After generating their own questions, they read a book together as a class and tried to answer all their questions.

4. Discovered something of the past we wanted to research~

KG filled out the same graphic organizer using questions they had about their topic of interest about the past.

Airplanes: Jamie, Matthew, Alex, Maxim, Richard

Walt Disney: Emma

Knights: Xavier, Sam, Daisy

Vikings: Hayley, Pegasus

Dinosaurs: Lily, William, Jay, Yiu Yu, Jonas, Evaa

Princess Diana: Olivia, Laurie, Apple, Nina

5. Wrote our own questions to the interest of the past



Students then put their questions into a book at the top of each page.

6. Practiced using QR codes to research videos and books on EPIC about our topics


7. Wrote our findings


After researching their topic’s questions, KA drew pictures to match the answers they put at the bottom of each page.


8. Shared findings and artifact with our group~ To happen soon…..

Recycled Items Needed

During our next Unit of Inquiry, we will need some recycled materials. I have already talked to the children about bringing in recyclable materials. I have also told them I would let you know so you can help them.

Here are some examples of recycled materials that would be useful in class:

-Shoe Boxes, Cereal Boxes, Tissue Boxes

-Bubble Wrap/Foam Packaging

-Paper Towel/Toilet Rolls

-Empty water bottles and caps

-Empty tin cans (washed thoroughly)

-Empty Plastic Containers (washed thoroughly)

-Old CD’s/DVD’s

-Scraps of fabric, ribbon, etc.

-Markers with no more ink left inside

Please send in anything you may have for us to use in our recycled inventions. The more recycled materials we have, the more possibilities we have. We can begin collecting now and continue for the next month or two.

Thanks for your help and support.