Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gearing up for...EARTH DAY!!

I have updated a few of the KDG centers. We have switched our twice weekly whole class art project to a center. The kids love this.

Our labeling centers this week involved trees, flowers, vegetables with roots, gardening tools and gardeners. We discussed what gardeners needed to make a garden. This helped the kids understand that fruits and vegetables all grow in different ways. We also discussed how worms and bugs help make the Earth a healthier place. The kids loved the book Diary of a Worm.

 Our Earth Day Pledge

"We've got the whole world in our hands..."

We painted the coffee filters and talked about symmetry.

We started writing. We brainstormed what helps the Earth, in our own homes, in the school and in our community. 

We put everything together:

Showing off our hard work!

We discussed how we can conserve Earth's helping plant. As a surprise treat...we ate cups of dirt. We discussed the parts of a recipe: ingredients and following directions. We finished by making a book to share with our families. Yum! The kiddos loved their "cups of dirt." 

Discussing the order of ingredients. The kids did not know that pudding does not just "make itself." Getting ready to scoop and add our worms!

Talking about our senses while exploring the worms...more of a treat for the teachers too :) 

Adding the worms just a bit at a time...

 What do we need to add to finish? How do we get the crunchy dirt on top of the mud?

Adding Oreo cookies to our cups. They so enjoyed pounding the helped keep hands to ourselves....
 Last, the kids were super excited to write the recipes to take home and recreate. I was so proud that they were so engaged!

It's amazing how far my KDG'ers have come this year! Graduation is around the corner and practice is in full swing!

Hoppy Sunday!

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