Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Are you tired of waiting for April the Giraffe?

I don't know about you, but we're beginning to think that April the giraffe is NEVER going to have her baby! BUT, don't worry! Kingswood 4th graders have exciting news:


Stay tuned! Fourth grade has given up on April the giraffe, and are now on bluebird watch! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

First Grade Thinks Plants ROCK!

What does first grade want to share about the garden?

How has the garden changed from winter to spring? How does it look?

"When it's winter, some flowers die. They didn't have a lot of water, and it was very cold"

"There are earthworms in the garden now!"

"The garden looks healthy! The soil looks damp."

"The flowers and leaves are getting bigger and everything is starting to grow"

"The garden has been weeded."

"It is ready to start planting."

How do you think we are going to plant?

"We need to give the plants soil and water."

"We will have to make sure the garden has the right temperature to grow."

"We have to make sure it has sun."

"We need some seeds to put in the soil."

"We need to work together."

"We need to water the plants."

"Plants need air."

What Other Things Besides Seeds Do We Need?

We need shovels and our hands.

We need to take care of the garden.

We need plant food.

We need seeds.

We need craft sticks to label the plants.

What do you think about growing a garden from Kitchen Scraps?

"I thought of composting"

"We could use the seeds inside the fruits and vegetables."

"We could try to grow things from the scraps we would normally throw away at home"

Tune in next time to see what happens...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Weather Outside is Delightful!

This quarter the second grade students have been learning about different types of weather and tools used to measure them with. The students have been analyzing, observing, and testing different aspects of weather and weather tools firsthand. The students observed wind patterns and made observations using bubbles, anemometers and kites. The students also analyzed different types of clouds and how that could help them predict the weather.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bluebirds have arrived!

We discovered our first bluebird nest on March 1st! We are fairly certain this nest does indeed belong to a bluebird, since it is relatively neat, and made out of all pine straw. We can't quite tell if it is complete yet or not, as it looks a little thin. We'll keep checking daily for progress, and hopefully we'll find eggs soon! We also have another bluebird house that shows signs that a nest is being started! Check back soon for more updates on our bluebird adventures! 

Third Grade Learns Cardinal Directions and Writing Cinquain

This month, we learned about Cardinal directions. We discussed how to find directions based on the location of the sun and the time of day. Student's discussed why its important that we use directions in order to find places and locations. 

 Student's also used the nature around them for inspiration in order to complete a cinquain poem. No better inspiration than a nice sunny day!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Preparing for More Bluebirds at KES!

In anticipation of Spring, 4th graders are preparing for the arrival of more bluebirds! We have cleaned out all of our bluebird houses so that they are ready for new nests. Students were concerned to find that many of the houses have been stuffed full of rocks and twigs, likely by people. This would obviously be harmful to our future bluebird eggs, and we are working on a plan to educate our school community on how to respect the animals that share our environment with us. We will begin researching how to help protect bluebirds. We are looking forward to their arrival!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017