After a few wonky weeks, we are back in action here in Pre-K! With the weather turning colder and leaves falling down it could only mean one thing – Autumn was upon us and we quickly jumped into action ( and some leaves too).
Firstly we asked ourselves what is different in the world around use? The students replied with various answers ranging to its windy, the leaves are changing color, they are falling down, I see acorns on the ground and lots of birds flying away. All of those answers are indicators of the start of the fall season. With that we took a walk down to the river to see if could spot any of those signs.
We then jumped into learning all about trees/leaves/ and plants and all that happens to them in Autumn. Discovery is huge part of this season and students quickly asked questions based on what they were seeing outside each day. The question I got asked day after day was “why and how are the leaves changing color?” So we gathered many leaves, from a variety of trees and got to work being nature detectives. Together we learned about chlorophyll and its role in keeping the leaves green. We also discussed how plants/trees grow and change with each season. Lastly we learned about the need for the earth to rest and take a break.
Our new favorite game -the case of the missing chlorophyll – Order the the leaves from most chlorophyll to the the least or vice versa. It also helped them identify which leaves more or less chlorophyll. Each time we went outside they would all tell about the leaves they would find.
We began this week with how animals get ready for winter. There are three words that are used to describe the final stage of their winter preparation. Hibernate, Migrate and Adapt – all living things actually do one of these things, including people! We learned how animals accomplish their winter readiness and we spent a lot of time outside looking for animals in action. Next week we’ll take a closer look at some animals that are ready for winter right in our backyard.
What type of animal could live here Morah? Do you think it is an animal that migrates, hibernates or adapt? What about size, how large or small would an animal have to be to live there?
Each week we figure out a new way to utilize our centers and practice our skills. Here are some highlights –
Fall is also a great time to learn all about patterns and we found them everywhere!
We keep finding and making letters out of anything and everything! We always take time to review, but we also got to learn letters I and U!