Friday, 30 May 2014

First of all, we would like to thank all the students and families for being great performers and listeners during the Student-led Conferences on Saturday!
Amphibians is already the fifth of six animal groups we will be learning about during the Amazing Animals! Unit of Inquiry. This week we will be learning about amphibians and please enjoy this fun amphibian song on you tube:

Some facts about Amphibians:
Amphibians are animals that live part of their lives in water and part on land.
They usually have soft, moist skin that is protected by a slippery layer of mucus.
They usually live in moist places or near water to keep their bodies from drying out.
Amphibians breathe through their skin.
Amphibians: frogs, toads, caecilians; salamanders, newts and mudpuppies.
They are vertebrates (which means they have a backbone or spine).
They are cold-blooded and depend on warmth from sunlight to become warm and active.
If they get too hot, they have to find shade or a burrow to help them cool down.
They go through metamorphosis. Young amphibians hatch from eggs, but do not look like their parents. As they develop, their body shape changes.

A big thank you to all Toddler families who joined us on Saturday for the Student Led Conferences. Our little students were very happy to share what they have learned this year in Toddlers and felt very appreciated by your feedback! This day meant a lot to them.
On Monday Ms Valda had prepared another hands-on Art activity for the Toddlers. They created cute, colourful caterpillars with wiggly eyes from modelling clay and wooden sticks.
As this week was all about amphibians, we learned a new song and it goes like this:

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are 4 green speckled frogs.
Ribbit, ribbit!
(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1 green and speckled frogs)

Preschool 1 started the week off by wishing Ms Zoja a happy birthday! The week proceeded with learning some of the many facts about amphibians! Among the many amphibian activities we enjoyed this week included: jumping like frogs during PE, singing lots of animal songs including Five Green and Speckled Frogs; and making paper plate frogs with long red tongues to catch flies with! Some of the animal books we have enjoyed this week have include: Farmyard Animals by Paul Hess, Look Closer at Reptiles by DK, and Discover Whales by Wonders of Learning.
Thank you also to all families who came to enjoy the Student-led-conferences and be with their children on this special day!

Preschool 2
This week the students made another page for their Animal Book; this one about amphibians. They painted some water and land on a sheet of paper to better learn about the “double life’ frogs, toads, newts and salamanders lead. We also watched a short video about how to tell apart an amphibian from a reptile because some of them look pretty similar at first sight. Ask your children if you would like to know that as well (we’ll give you a clue: clawsJ). The students enjoyed the game where they had to leap like frogs from number 1 up to 10 with each of the numbers written on a separate lily pad leaf. The students made their own animal charts and amphibian patterns this week hence learning not only maths but also animal names at the same time. They used the projects later on for comparing them with those of their friends as well as ‘reading” some information from their charts.
Next week is the last one we will have Alphie time; where has the time gone?!:)    

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