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  • Marisa Ramsey

Smart Start Week 19: Earth Week

How is it possible that we are coming into the final weeks of this year? With only a few weeks left, we are filling each day with as much learning and adventure as it can possibly hold!

Theme: Earth Week

Letters of the Week: X & Y

Books: The Ocean Is... by Kathleen W. Kranking, I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches, 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The EarthWorks Group

Play Invitations: Classroom Ocean, xylophone, yo-yo's, bug x-rays, "Save the Earth" ball

Creative Movement & Music: Alphabet Movers, eXercise, Yoga, listening to Emmanuel Séjourné: Attraction (short version) performed by Christoph Sietzen and Polish Nationwide Music Schools' Symphonic Orchestras Competition 2014 featuring Grzegorz Kazmierczak - xylophone

Visual Art: Pulled yarn flower painting

Discovery Center: Bean sprouts, plant care, ocean exploration

This week, our focus was on our beautiful blue planet. In particular, we talked about the wonder that is WATER. We learned about the water cycle and talked about how important it is to keep our water clean. We investigated ocean treasures like shells, coral, and barnacles with magnifying glasses and learned about some of the spectacular creatures who call the ocean home.

We used our light table to look at some X-rays...insect x-rays.

And what would letter X week be without a xylophone to play!

For our visual art piece this week we created pulled-yarn flowers. This technique creates two symmetrical, mirrored images.

We rounded out the week with writing practice, puzzles, play dough, and lots, lots more.

Coming up next week...Z! We made it!

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