The third grade scientists visited The New York Botanical Garden to explore pumpkins. We used what we have been learning in our science units in our explorations today. One thing that we did was use our five senses to describe different pumpkins in different ways. Another thing we did was use scales and tape measures to take different measurements of our pumpkins. We made estimates before we measured and compared the actual measurements to our estimates. We worked very hard, but we had a great time exploring!
The first graders have been having so much fun learning about two dimensional shapes. They have been learning how to describe shapes by stating the name of the shape, the number of sides, and the number of vertices. The students have also created new shapes using pattern blocks. For example, you can make a hexagon with six triangles. They have been using their thinking skills to figure out what new shape they can create using other shapes, and what shapes they can take apart and find shapes within shapes.
Our brand new school yard is finally up and running. The most beautiful part of the yard is our new garden and the third grade team is in charge! We started the garden by digging and turning the soil to plant various plants in the walkway. We then planted different vegetables in our wooden boxes by turning the soil, putting down the seeds, covering them, and watering them. Through the course of our science studies we are going to be continuing to study the plants and vegetables that we have out there and take care of them appropriately. We are very excited to show off our green thumbs and make sure our garden is a success!