by Ms. Faith
During the month of October the class learned about all the changes that happen during the beautiful Fall season. For the first week we discussed leaves, how and why they change, and different types of leaves. We also enjoyed leaf rubbings, leaf impressions, and sun catchers! The class was also introduced to the letter “e” and turned the letter “e” into an elephant.
The second week of October your students learned about apples. They got to taste test three different types of apples and vote on what was their favorite kind. We discovered what the inside of an apple looks like, how they grow, and how Johnny Appleseed was influential throughout Ohio and the surrounding states. Your students even brought home beautiful paintings using apples as stamps. The letter the students learned about this week was the letter f and decorated the letter with feathers.
Next, the class learned all about pumpkins. We were able to explore the inside of what pumpkins look like by digging out the insides to separate the seeds from the pulp. The next day, the class was able to try the seeds they cleaned out of the pumpkin after they had been baked and even sampled some of the actual meat of the pumpkin cooked. The students also made a book of pumpkin faces they drew and even were able to play pumpkin bowling. The letter “g” was introduced during the third week and students were able to turn the letter “g” into a giraffe and make a ghost.
The final week of October we turned our attention to bats. We learned about different types of bats and even found out that there is a bat that is as small as a bumblebee! The class discovered how and where bats sleep and that they find their food through echolocation. The students then participated in an activity to use their listening skills in order to locate their friends around the room by listening to them clap while being blind folded. We even constructed our own bat to help decorate the classroom for Halloween. Your students were introduced to the letter “h”, which was perfect timing for the Halloween party.
I wanted to thank all the parents who helped out with the Halloween party. It was definitely a success, and the kids enjoyed all of the crafts, games, and delicious food. We could not have had a more successful party!
Over the past month, the students have been learning about the science behind the changes we see during fall. We found out that the leaves change color because they are not receiving enough chlorophyll to keep their color green. The students also learned the life cycle of apples, pumpkins, and bats. We also enjoyed a couple of fall themed science experiments such as an oozing jack-o-lantern when we mixed hydrogen peroxide with water and yeast. Then, I showed the students Dracula’s soap and had them observe the reaction caused by putting rubbing alcohol and crushed up Ex-Lax on my hand and then washed them with soap and water. The reaction between the chemicals in the medicine and the alkali in the soap made my hands turn red! That was very exciting!