Sunday, December 23, 2012

Paper, Trees and our Winter Party

We continue to move on in our Science Unit, titled Materials in Our World, to the part on Paper.  On Thursday, we explored four different types of paper:  construction paper, craft paper, chipboard and waxed paper.  We observed each sample, using our senses to discover how the types of paper are alike and how they are different.

On Friday, we used eyedroppers to add water to each of the paper samples.  It was pretty interesting to see what happened.  Some of the samples absorbed the water.  Some of the water soaked through the samples.  Some of the samples changed color when the water was added.  And one of the samples - the waxed paper - repelled the water.  We really love using the eyedroppers and water!!!

Throughout this past week, we learned about different holiday traditions that families celebrate.  We covered Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Christmas.

On Friday, Mrs. Radermacher read us a new book that she donated to our class called "Santa is Coming to Minnesota".  It was fun to hear the story mention places we know...Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Children's Museum, Mankato, Duluth, etc.  We wrote about Christmas and them made a tree project where we had to put the tree pieces in order by length.  They turned out awesome!

Friday afternoon we had our Winter Party.  We made some ornaments, threw sock snowballs through a snowman, unwrapped tootsie rolls using oversized gloves and mittens and had a graham cracker snack with frosting and candy decorations.  Many thanks to Zara's mom, Quinn's mom and Ethan's mom for planning and being there for the party.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.  Enjoy your break.  I wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season and all the best in 2013!

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