Note From The Teachers
This month we will start a new unit of study Light, Water and Plants. Children move from exploring various modes and aspects of transportation to inquiring and thinking critically about light, water, and plants. In this unit, children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of natural and man-made sources of light. They will also identify various places where we can find water. Children move from exploring the properties and uses of water and light to observing and learning about different kinds of plants. They will observe, discuss and explore light, water and plants in their classrooms and throughout their environment.
Our focus questions will be:
- What happens to water when it changes temperature?
- What happens when we put things in water?
- What are plants and how does water help plants and people?
- What kinds of lights are around us? How does light help plants and people?
- What is darkness? What are shadows?
- What food comes from plants?
- Why are plants important?
Books We Will Read
All The Water in The World by George Ella Lyon: Where does water come from? Where does it go?
Does It Sink or Float? by Susan Hughes: Investigate the differences between objects that sink and objects that float
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick: Evaporation, condensation, capillary action, and surface tension are explained though simple and illustrated by picture that reveal water in its many awesome transformations.
The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons: Vegetables come in many shapes, colors and forms.
An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston: A celebratory picture of how oranges find their way to the grocery store.
All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer: Where does light come from? How does it travel?
Moonbear's Shadow by Frank Asch: Moonbear tries to outwit his troublesome shadow.
NYC SCHOOL SURVEYS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON MARCH 5th
Please return completed parent surveys to your child’s teacher in the sealed envelope. The last day to complete or mail the NYC parent surveys is March 31, 2020. If you complete the survey online please print the confirmation page for our records. Classes with 100% of parent surveys completed will have an ice cream party!
March 5th – Parent Teacher Conference-
Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
March 6th- Parents as Learning Partners
March 16th-Deadline to apply for pre-k
(Children born in 2016)
March 17th- Wear Green Day
March 18th- Pre-K Non Attendance Day
March 28th- Mystery Reader
Music with Miss Shannon
As part of our light, water and plants unit, we are going to create water xylophones using small glass jars and colored water. We will explore the different sounds created by the water xylophones, and create our own songs using these sounds. We will also learn a variety of songs about water and sea creatures, such as “Baby Beluga”, “Down By The Bay”, and “Galumph Went The Little Green Frog”.
Tips for Parents
- Make reading a daily part of life, Examples: read road signs, recipes, and directions.
- Have children practice their counting at home. Examples: count the coins in your purse, count the chairs at the table etc. Make it fun!
March 2nd-6th Students will participate in exciting activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss week.
March 11th- Planetarium Program coming to us! Their program features real footage taken by NASA and other space program telescopes.