Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snowflake Bentley

Yesterday we read the story of William Bentley — a man from Vermont who loved the snow. He was the first person to take successful photographs of snowflakes. 

Today we were able to go outside and observe snowflakes! The snow wasn’t falling while we were out— but there was some fluffy white snow that we could shake onto some scraps of black wool fabric — to provide some contrast. 
First we tried to look closely with our eyes. 

Then we used a mini microscope and magnifying glasses to look more closely. 

We even tried to photograph the snow with our classroom camera (waterproof and shockproof!) (we will try to load some of those onto the blog tomorrow).

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Welcome, 2018!

We talked about what the New Year meant ( and how our calendar New Year is different from the Lunar New Year)( which we will celebrate in February).

We read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution. Squirrel helps her friends start their New Year's Resolutions, but she can't think of one of her own. At the end, she decides that her resolution is "to help someone every day" .

We thought that some good resolutions for our whole class would be:
Be Kind
Be Helpful
Be Happy

And then everyone thought up a personal goal for 2018!