Students enjoyed using watercolour crayons to draw the withering Echinacea flower. We encourage students to be active observers of the world around them. Observational drawing is just one of many entry points that we use as we teach Science. When we look at something with the intent of drawing it, we tend to look more carefully than usual. We truly see, the shapes, the patterns, the perspective, the colors, the shadows, the contours, and how all of the details interact.
Students learned that flowers and plants are used for medicinal purposes. In the past, the Echinacea plant was well known by indigenous tribes of Canada for medicinal purposes and used for treating sore throats, coughs, septic infections, mouth sores, toothache, snakebite, wounds and insect stings. Today, it is recognized for treating colds and flu.
Students worked in groups to count the number of seeds in their pumpkins. All students worked hard to make nice and neat piles of ten. Some students talked about skip counting by 2’s & 5’s but decided that it would be faster to count by 10’s.
10 becomes such an important benchmark for students, especially as we head into addition and subtraction. Becoming fluent in 10 is a fantastic tool for mental Math, and when students begin adding larger numbers having mastered 10 is critical!
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.