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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

With less than a week until Spring Break, students are completing projects and getting plants in the ground to get a head start on the rest of the semester. K/1 continue to explore the wild world of animals in the garden. This week we are finding examples of the things animals need to survive in their garden home. 2/3 and 4/5 are experimenting with rock types, the rock cycle and erosion.

Genesis from Kinder says that “We have a BIG bumble bee and a LOT of butterflies in the garden right now because of all the flowers.”


Above students count the number of spots on the lady bugs and water plants that are important habitat for the animals that live in the garden.


Above, 3rd grader Ashton gets a closer look at his rock using the microscope. Below, Sophie and Sofia model the rock cycle using crayons to represent minerals. They manipulate their “rocks” heating, cooling, pressing and weathering to replicate the rock cycle and observe the characteristics of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock.


Below, students make a replica of a river and observe the flow of water and effects of erosion of sand.

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