Last week we had a great time on our field trip to the zoo! The kids really enjoyed seeing all the different animals and pointing out that they were living because of all the different properties we know. Thank you, again, to Ms. Hessa and Ms. Sawange for chaperoning the field trip. We appreciate all the help we can get when we go on field trips! We had such a great day!

What’s Happening In Our Class This Week

This week, we will be inquiring into how human behaviour impacts living things with the help of our new friends, the water turtles. We will explore the differences between our real turtles and some toy turtles in order to consolidate our understanding of the properties of living things and  and our responsibility towards them. We will be making a comparison chart and interacting with the turtles so that students can have a hands-on approach to their learning.

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At Home Connection

While our students are getting very good at identifying the difference between living and non-living things based on the properties of living things, we have had some interesting conversations lately about how we classify them. For instance, a student brought a toy dog to school that is rechargeable. We talked about if it was living or non-living and how we know the difference. The student was able to point out that it is not living because it doesn’t move by itself. However, the student said that if it were plugged in and charged, then it would be living because it could move by itself. This is an example of an excellent over-generalization and misconception. It’s a great teaching moment to talk to our students about non-living things that seemingly can be classified as living, especially if it seems they move on their own. It is really important to help the students understand that batteries, fuel, manpower, etc. are still operating things that seem to go or move by themselves. Similarly, some dolls “eat” and “drink” and can even “go to the bathroom”. These are excellent examples of when we can use all the properties of living things to help our students differentiate. When speaking about, and classifying, living and non-living things, you can follow up with what we are learning in class:

Living things eat food and drink water.

Living things go to the bathroom.

Living things breathe.

Living things grow.

Living things move by themselves.

Living things can have babies.

 

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 15th: 3-Way Conferences from 4:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, March 16th: No School for the Elementary Grades

Thursday, March 30th: Dress Down/Free Dress Day

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