Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Harvest Study Continued ...

Today, we picked up where we left off Friday in our Adaptation/Hibernation/Migration study, as well as started the letter 'J,' and some reading on Thanksgiving.  Not a lot of photos today, but there are a few good ones of our science project of planting an amaryllis bulb indoors, after a discussion on how plants go dormant in winter.  It will be fun to watch it grow when there are so few flowers around, and it should be in full bloom in time for Christmas!

 Checking out our amaryllis bulb ...
 Here, we just added water to our soil pellet.  (Notice that Maggie is now wearing a different pair of pants!  That would be because our first attempt at watering our soil pellet didn't go so well!)
 Fluffing the soil ...
 After we added our bulb to the soil, we gave it a little more water.
Then, we set it in the window to start our observations!

Today, we:
Letter 'J':
1. We discussed and looked at big letter 'J' and little letter 'j' and words that start with 'j': jacks, jet, jump, jell-o, jaguar, juice, jump rope, jog, jar, jig, joke, etc.
2. We read My 'j' Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure.
Adaptation/Hibernation/Migration:
1. We read Over the Hedge: There Goes the Neighborhood by Erica David.
2. We read Poppleton in Fall by Cynthia Rylant.
3. We read Possum's Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter.
4. We read Carrot Soup by John Segal.
5. We discussed how plants go dormant in winter, then planted an amaryllis bulb indoors, so that we can 'try to wake the bulb up' by planting it in the warm temperature and giving it water. We plan on charting its growth in her science notebook.
Thanksgiving:
1. We read The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George.
2. We read Corduroy's Thanksgiving by Don Freeman.
3. We played with today's surprise -- a turkey Beanie Baby -- and had him dance to the 'I'm A Little Turkey' song.

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