Mexico’s Independence Day
We celebrated the Independence Day of Mexico on Sept 16th. We learned some history about the country and some geography about where it is. We also learned about the parts of the Mexican flag and what they stand for. The children enjoyed making their own Mexican flag. They also enjoyed drinking a traditional Mexican drink, Horchata (rice milk). Finally, we all had a great time learning to dance the Mexican Hat Dance.
Science: Dancing Raisins
We invited our 4th grade big buddies (Mrs. Simpson’s/Mrs. Connors’ class) to join us for a fun science experiment: Dancing Raisins! Through this experiment the children learned about buoyancy and density. When raisins are placed in soda they sink to the bottom because they are more dense. However, when the carbonated bubbles of the soda attach to the raisins, it makes them more buoyant and they dance to the top. At the top the bubbles pop and the raisins dance back down to the bottom again, only to repeat the process over again.
We put the names of everyone in our class in ABC order, and then we studied differences and similarities in the names: longest name, shortest name, which alphabet letter has the most names in our class, number of syllables, number of vowels, etc.
Try This at Home
As part of our Alphabet PBL we have been practicing writing all the letters of the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase. Please help your child to write their first name. If they can do that already, try the last name. Please make sure you follow the directions below.
- Begin with a capital letter
- ALL the other letters must be lowercase
- Start writing each letter from the top of the letter
- Make sure the name is neat and legible, so that others can read it