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Popcorn Words

Please read these weekly Popcorn Words with your K-Kid each night!

*I *it *run *help *away
*a *in *jump *down
*is *we *one
*am *big *two
*to *for *make
*the *this *get
*go *red *play
*me *like *find
*see *my *funny
*and *come *look
*can *up *blue
*you *not *yellow
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Our Ode to the Ocean!

We officially finished up our ocean unit this week with many art projects and culminating activities. The beginning of the week was focused mainly on creating our ocean mural. I am so blown away by how gorgeous it turned out. It was SO MUCH FUN to create! Each day we focused on a separate zone of the ocean. We'd begin every morning by researching and reviewing which animals lived there through books and online resources, and sharing fun facts. These kids are total ocean animal experts! The K-Kids started by working on the sunlit (or sunlight) zone, drawing and then watercolor painting many of the animals we find in the sunlit zone. Did you know that 90% of the ocean's animals live in the top sunlit zone?! 

Next, we moved onto the Twilight Zone. This is the second zone down, where many interesting animals live. Unfortunately, this zone probably gets the least attention since many animals travel into it, but not many live there. We focused mainly on octopuses, whales, electric eels, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and echninoderms (starfish) that live here. 

Lastly, we worked on the Midnight Zone, which was by far the class favorite. They absolutely loved learning about the almost alien-like creatures that live in the deepest depths of the ocean. They were very interested in bioluminescent fish, who light up their bodies in different ways! They also loved learning about angler fish. We discovered that female angler fish that have a light up "fishing rod" attached to their heads to attract prey, and that male angler fish are much smaller than the females, and attach themselves to the females body like a little appendage! Above all, the class was fascinated with the giant squid. (You may notice the multitude of giant squids dominating our ocean mural.) They were amazed to learn that the only predator that can take a giant squid down is the mighty sperm whale, which swallows it whole, and the squid will use its tentacles to scratch and scar the whale inside it's body! We watched a short Discovery clip showing an epic sperm whale vs giant squid battle, and the kids loved it so much they begged to watch it again all week! I invite you to continue exploring the ocean this weekend at home! 

We finished this week up with two other ocean themed projects. The children worked so hard creating such a beautiful mural, and I wanted them to be able to take a little piece of it home to share with you, so we created mini murals with watercolors and tissue paper. They are awesome! We ended the week having fun learning about compound words. The students had a great time playing a game trying to use picture clues to guess the compound word that was created. Then they made penguins holding two snowballs (a compound word!) On each snowball they wrote and illustrated a word, and when the penguin smashes the snowballs together it forms a new compound word on it's belly. You can have fun this weekend making a list of as many compound words as you can think of!

Next week we will begin our 100th Day/President's Day/Valentine's Day unit!

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