Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Tree Inquiry Continues ... and Senses Start!

This week, we went to check on our tree. Our weather up here had a big change - it snowed ... and the snow stayed! The changes in the forest were beautiful.

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

As always, students put their observation sheet on a clipboard. We checked the temperature on the Yahoo! weather app and recorded it then off we went!

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

I always fill our picnic-type basket up with extra pencils, some erasers, and crayons.

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

In their writing and their chatter, I noticed a lot of students thought their tree was dead! Instead of just telling them the trees are dormant, I found a book on the EPIC! app (sign up as an educator and it's free for you forever!). There is a section about seasonal changes in plants. We discussed how going dormant is the plant version of hibernation. Then, we wrote about it using a writing prompt page from my Daily and Seasonal Changes (writing prompts) package.

 Tree Inquiry Observation for Primary Students

We are also loving our senses inquiry. I set out five stations every day and they choose a new one to explore and document.

 My Senses Inquiry

At the smelling table, the mortar and pestle is a big hit. We picked some cedar leaves from the backyard forest. I put the ends of the limes and lemons cut for the tasting table. The oil of oregano is a big hit - so yucky! Today, an educational assistant gave us a peppermint tea bag to try smelling! It was a big hit!

 My Senses Inquiry

For some reason, I never have any extra marshmallows ... hmm.

Happy November!

Miss Laidlaw

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