We have cocoons! 12 of them! Do you think that the caterpillars waited for us to watch them do their work? Of course not.
And based on our calculation, they should be emerging as butterflies... this week-end...of course.
Luckily, Laurence's husband set up a camera so that we can try to catch the butterflies emerging. It records every move 24 hours a day. Here is a pic taken this Saturday from the camera and sent to Laurence's email address; isn't technology cool!:
SINGING ABOUT THE CYCLE OF THE MONTHS
This is a special request from Sophie who wanted to have our song for others to listen too. So, here it is:
OUR FAVORITE SEASONS
After reading Les 4 saisons de Loup de Philippe Jalbert, we decided to talk also about our favorite seasons. At the same time, we discovered verbs and their infinitive form.
Nos saisons préférées from Laurence Le Mercier on Vimeo.
We have one student who loves art and is very artistic: she decided to use her sewing skills to make a #D model of our Couckaco:
We were all VERY impressed! Bravo S.!
KEY CONCEPT: CONNECTION
After thinking on our own and discussing in small groups about what would happen if we suddenly only have nights or suddenly only have Winters.
It turned out that it was hard for us to figure out.
The main observations were:
- We will sleep all the time.
- We will stay inside because it will be too dark and cold.
After seeing that, well, we would still wake up and still could walk outside, we finally came up with ideas that showed that the cycle of night and day and seasons does affect us: no plants would grow = no food for animals or for us among the few things we discussed: although there were pretty creative ideas as to how to make it still work!
And soon it was time to hear about how we could put our inquiry on cycles to good use: Laurence told us that we had a to choose an organism and present it's life cycle and relation to other cycles.
GO, she said.
What? But... what is an organism? said Logan.
There you go, we are inquirers.
So first, we researched that and once we knew it was a living being, we had to figure out what makes a living being.
We discussed in groups and with our own words, we figured it out:
To be a living being, you need to:
- be born
Then Laurence took out a lot of books and we began researching organisms form the Pacific Northwest.
We began establishing a list and saw that you can do families of living beings.
SIMPLE MACHINES: LEVERS AND PULLEYS
Remember how Coukaco wanted to go inside the house and had to remove the big boulder using a system with a pulley?
Well, now he found a message that told him that he needed to find a system in the backyard to get ejected back to his planet. Laurence showed us the material and before letting us work, she introduced us to the world of levers.
Soon, we had all the idea we needed to get going and very fast this time, we found a way to make it work. See for yourselves with the video and pictures.
Machines simples: les leviers et les poulies from Laurence Le Mercier on Vimeo.