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Leaf Explorations with an Autumn Stroll

Leaves rustle, crunch, twirl, scatter and dance in the wind as we go on autumn strolls. 

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We went for a walk in the leaves today.

 

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The leaves rustled and crunched as we kicked them away.

 

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Red, orange, yellow, purple and brown. They flew into the air and then fluttered down.

 

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We always have so much fun exploring, observing the changes and differences in our favourite trees. It’s so much fun getting outside. We will continue to explore the seasons – but Autumn, there is something that is just so beautiful about Autumn.

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This week the scientists of Room 129 completed their leaf experiments. We observed many things and the descriptive language was definitely a 10/10! “Slimy, gooey, gross, soft, crunchy, brown, it changed COLOUR!!” And many other comments were heard as the scientists looked at the changes in their leaves. The time frame was 7 days to see if we could keep a leaf soft. The scientist brainstormed different ways to keep the leaf soft:

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  1. Put lotion on a leaf
  2. Put Lip Stuff on a leaf
  3. Put a leaf in water
  4. Wrap a leaf in saran wrap
  5. Put a leaf outside the window (taped to the window)

The scientists hypothesized that the lotion would keep the leaf the softest. They thought the water was a good option as well.

 

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In conclusion the scientists discovered that it was the lip stuff that kept the leaf the softest and most leaf like without getting gross, breaking or changing colour.

 

Next week we have plans to see how quickly we can make a soft leaf crunchy (hint: We will be using an oven and playing with the temperatures) As well, we have collected leaves to make leaf mobiles (Thanks Aude for the great idea!). And our Fall poems are coming along very well. We will share those with you soon. Keep falling  following along as we investigate, play, hypothesize and discover Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October is a time for….

This is the month to…

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Throw leaves up in the air

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Investigate the leaves around us

Look at the bark on the trees

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Feel

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Discover

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Look closely

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Really, really close

 

 

carve a pumpkin (or just add glitter)

buy a new pair of boots

bake with pumpkin

jump in leaves and throw them in the air

trick or treat

buy or make Halloween costumes

the nights are longer, the days are shorter

to enjoy the colours of the leaves

spend  time with your family at Thanksgiving

 

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#InternationalDotDay

 

Today we celebrated #InternationalDotDay . Peter H. Reynolds is the author of The Dot. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

Today we were inspired! We read the book The Dot together and then we talked about what happened at the beginning, what was the turning point for Vashti, and what were the lessons that we can take away from the book.

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We then took a page from The Dot where Vashti made dot art with negative space. Students were inspired to make positive and negative space dots. I also challenged them to try to create their art using only 100 dots. They turned out so well! Our bulletin board will be up until Meet The Teacher for you to check out in person! 🙂

We then looked at other dot art to inspire us. We looked at Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte. We estimated he used over 1 000 000 000 dots for his art!

 

We also went outside and found dots in nature. SO MANY DOTS IN NATURE!!!

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I was very impressed to see that lots of the siblings (and parents) got into the Dotty spirit too!

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We are all on a creative journey. I challenge you to Make Your Mark.

 

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Oh This Classroom Glows (with S W E A T!)

Today we went to Assiniboine Park (Hudson).

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We went into three groups and explored around (Kevin).
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We did some exploring at the duck pond (Harrison). We caught a few frogs! We tried to fish for frogs too, but our hands worked best (Ryland and Janna). We saw one frog staring at us! (Levi)
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We also played games together (Anton).

We walked over the Assiniboine Bridge (Giuseppe).

I saw two Islands on the water (Luca M). We tried to throw rocks from the bridge to the Island, we got so close (Luca C).

We also played a lot at the GIANT Children’s Playground (Kevin).

It was a great day! We glowed a lot! 🙂

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