This week we started to work with the water cycle. We learned all about how the water cycle works. I was surprised how they absorbed the information so well that by the end of the week they were using their new knowledge to explain the water cycle. Everyone had their own particular way to explain this topic. They learned how the water cycle works with facts to help them understand how this process works in a way that’s easy to follow. Forexample:
Heat from the Sun causes water on Earth (in oceans, lakes etc) to evaporate (turn from liquid into gas) and rise into the sky. This water vapor collects in the sky in the form of clouds
As water vapor in the clouds cools down it becomes water again, this process is called condensation
Water falls from the sky in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet, this process is called precipitation.
Oceans and lakes collect water that has fallen. Water evaporates into the sky again and the cycle continues.
The kiddos were fascinated by how clouds make rain. They learned that when water droplets and ice crystals continue to collect in a cloud, they get heavier and heavier. They will eventually become too heavy to float on the air. Water droplets will fall to the earth as rain. Kids did a water cycle project and an easy science precipitation experiment with shaving cream (foam kind), a jar, water, and food coloring. We filled a cup almost full of water. On top we sprayed shaving cream as clouds. Then, we squirted several drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream. As the “cloud” became heavy, the food coloring “rained” into the cup.
Finally, Thursday and Friday, we started a little introduction of plants. (We will continue next week with this topic.) We talked about what plants need to grow (sun, water, soil, and air). We also talked about plant parts: root, stem, leaves, and flower. This was a great time to connect these two topics with another cycle. We talked about the life cycle of plants from to seed to plant. The students were all fascinated by the notion that a tiny seed can emerge from he ground as a plant. We did some fun crafts and sang a plant cycle song (las plantas necesitan…tierra, aire , agua y sol…) kids enjoyed this topic Agua/water, and Plantas/plants, particularly the science project
We reviewed the letters they have learned in the past weeks (A, E, I, O, U, L, V, B, K, R, C, G, H, J, K, Q, W, X, Y, Z, D, F, M, N,) We played games to find letters in the books and looking into letters soup. The kiddos who had more letters won a prize. It give them a good motivation to find the letters!
This week we started working with number 17. We had a fun time playing with this number and using different items from the classroom for sorting and counting. We used the cycle water topic to do different counting activities such as counting clouds, and water drops. It was a simple activity to help kids practice counting and number recognition.
La Figura y El Color
We reviewed all shapes that the students are learning; circle/circulo, square/cuadrado, triangle/triangulo, rectangle/rectangulo, oval/ovalo, heart/corazon, and star/Estrella and diamond/diamante. Also, they were reviewing our colors range; rojo/red, azul/blue, verde/green, amarillo/yellow, purpura/purple, cafe/brown, anaranjado o naranja/orange, pink/Rosado, baby blue/celeste, black/negro, white/blanco and gray/gris.