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During class time, we read a booklet called “Dinosaur Fire Safety” which prompted a lot of discussion. I was please to hear that one child went home and figured out a meeting place with her family. Ask your child to tell you 2 things that he learned to do if there is a fire, or what you as a family can do to prevent a fire. Here are some of the ideas that we discussed: 1.Stop, drop and roll. 2. If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Let the firemen find your pets. 3. Have a meeting place to go to if your house catches on fire. 4. Check your fire alarms. 5. If you are in a fire and there is smoke, you will need to crawl. 6. Don’t hide in a fire. Go to the firemen.
We also read a Scholastic News article that dealt with fire prevention. Ask your child to tell you how goats can prevent forest fires.
We started Global Education this week with a discussion about what people need to live. We learned that no matter where you live on our planet, you need water, food, and shelter. We viewed pictures of many different kinds of homes. We saw tepees, mud homes, wooden homes, homes made of stone, a house made totally out of glass, and apartment buildings. Our technology coordinator used Google Earth to take us from a view of our planet, to our continent, to New England, to New Hampshire, and finally to a birds eye view of our school. We were able to see right where we are on planet Earth.
During our math time, we worked on learning that each number from 10-19 can be broken into a group a ten and some ones. The children worked as partners to built these number with manipulatives. They then figured out which of the 2 numbers that they built was the largest. We also worked on adding.
The fourth grade monarch caterpillars in the display case in the hallway have been quite the attraction as we go down to lunch each day. The students have gotten to see the caterpillars eating and growing bigger and bigger. On Thursday, one of the caterpillars made a chrysalis. We read a book this week about a monarch caterpillar entitled Gotta Go! Gotta Go! After we read the story we discussed migration and viewed a video of butterflies migrating to Mexico.
We learned that people are tagging monarch butterflies to find out how far they fly when they migrate. We watched as a scientist rubbed off some of the scales on a butterfly’s wing and then attached a tiny tag. The scientist said that rubbing off some of the scales did not hurt the butterfly. When we read another book about butterflies, we found out why. Ask your child to tell you the reason. (It has to do with the way that butterflies have adapted to deal with spider webs.)