Our Sea Breeze Elementary Soar in 4 families welcomed a guest teacher, Ms. Tara Legowski. Ms. Legowski is a pre-kindergarten that came to preview our Nature All Around Us unit. Nature All Around Us will be the first unit our Soar in 4 students study first quarter. Our families learned that the purpose of this unit is for us to explore living things and to investigate what they need to grow. After dinner we learned about living things by observing nature and using all of our senses as we began to identify characteristics in plants and animals. Our families become scientists! We got to use science tools such as magnifying hand lenses and binoculars. And we learned all about what living things need be healthy.
A few provocations were asked that made us think…..
What are characteristics of living things?
What do things need to grow?
Why do we need living things?
Ms. Legowski modeled reading the story The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall and then we were invited to explore stations. We examined and discussed objects from nature using the the science tools to examine the details. And the our family homework was assigned. Families will be going on a family nature walk in their neighborhood. Every walk is an opportunity for children to learn about the natural world.
As families explore their neighborhood they are to be observant and notice the small details and new growth. The families will be documenting what they see on their walk using the paper and crayons they were given. Parents were asked to model using all five senses on their walk. And they will be collecting “artifacts” that they find on their walks.
Families were encouraged to check out their local library for books that will help their children learn more about animals, plants and whatever else they observe. Every child left last evening with 7 books that complimented our nature theme so they can continue reading and learning about nature at home.