Polar Bears, Whales and Pixie
The kids worked together to make multipage book using Pixie about polar bears in Mrs Knostman's class and whales in Miss Scott's class. We worked on laptops in groups of two or three. They loved working with Pixie! They made title pages for their books, then did at least information pages that taught others about whales or polar bears and then put an ending. They created backgrounds that matched their words and then recorded their voices as well. Pixie is a wonderful program and app. I know it is a pretty pricey App, but it is a great open ended opportunity for the kids to create and write. When we were all done the students in Mrs. Knostman's and Miss Scott's class shared their books with each other to teach one another about whales and polar bears.
Polar Bear and Whale Plunge
As we read books and learned about whales and polar bears we learned that both mammals have something called blubber. To help us understand what blubber is we did an experiment where we had to put one hand in cold water without blubber and then the other hand in cold water with blubber around it. It was really neat to see how different our hands felt. It helped us to understand the importance of blubber for both whales and polar bears. Ask your child about what they learned!
The kids had fun thinking about which season is their favorite and then writing about why. They spent a lot of time thinking and writing about why they liked the season they did. It was fun to see all the different opinions about why kids like the season they do!