Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Planting the Seeds

Noah and Gavin reading the directions

All of the girls were very concentrated

Ms. Sonya was very helpful

Here is the station with all of the materials needed

The soil

Gathering the materials

Helping Addy!

Marina and Matilde were on task!

Gabriella and Isabella

Eddy and Samantha

Queen, Abigail, and Alana

Miguel and Gavin were following directions!

Joetmy, Eddy, Samantha, and Nancy
A few months ago I attended a training on Science called Laser I3 from the Smithsonian.It was very interesting and I learned a lot.They provided all of the materials needed to do some science projects with the class. Last week and this week the children had the first  few lessons on plant growth. We did a few experiments and we planted some seeds. It was a big task for all of us, just to set up the planting station with all of the materials and then making sure everyone got what they needed. I'm so glad that Sonya Hernandez "Gabriella's Mom" and Mr. Railsback were there to help us. There are so many steps involved in the process and you all know that "children are children", so you have to supervise closely that all of them were following directions step by step. We also had to create an automatic watering system, so that the little plants would have enough water without us checking every time. After a few accidents and some spills, everything went fine. It was a success and now the little seeds are sprouting and growing. The children have to keep up with their plants and they have to measure the growth daily. They have to observe and measure the plants daily and then record the growth of the plants on a graph. It's a lot of work and it requires a lot of patience! But it is a lot of Fun!
I will keep you all posted with the new pictures of the plants growing!

World Geography Class Projects

Marina did great on her Holland project and brought gouda cheese!

Matilde

Mati brought a delicious treat from Ireland

Emma now wants to vacation in Costa Rica

Miguel presentation on Greece was Stellar!

Miguel and his Grandparents

Ella and her Mom

Isabella did research on England

Isabella and her Parents

Nancy and her Mom

Noah presented on Bolivia

Queen's Presentation was about Mexico

Andrea and Ms. Ariana

Handsome Jesus did a great job on Romania

Addison did great on Grenland

Alana's project on Canada was simply Amazing!

Abigail presented on Cuba and brought some Conga Music!

Eddy did great too!

Mr. Raisback helping Jennifer!

Samantha

We had some pizza from Gabriel!

Eddy and his dad.

Gavin presented on Germany

Joetmy did her presentation on Columbia

Beautiful Gabriella brought us Croissants from France, yummy!


These couple of weeks have been very busy for my students and I. The children did finish their Geography projects and did their oral presentations. I think that when children start doing oral presentations early they develop confidence and later on presenting in front of lots of people won't be a problem. They all were great! The third graders did research in Europe countries, the second graders did it in South America countries and the first graders did their research in North American countries. They had to come up with very interesting facts, such as the location of their country, the population, the religion, the flag, important events in history, traditions and celebrations, landmarks, plants and animals, bodies of water etc. They did an excellent job! Parents and family were invited to the presentations and many of them were very kind to bring a special treat for the class from the country they represented, it was very nice! I want to share their success with all of you! I feel very fortunate to have these beautiful children in my class and to contribute to their education.