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Poplar

Amy Wagner

Amy Wagner

Sarah Knox

Sarah Knox

Poplar Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Knox and Amy Wagner are the classroom’s co-teachers.

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Poplar has been busy the last few weeks learning about different kinds of animals.  We started this unit by taking a closer look at bats.  We were excited to see how much the children already knew about bats.  They told us that bats eat fruit or insects and that they are nocturnal.  The kindergarten children explained to our younger friends what it means to be nocturnal.  We talked about bats using echolocation and learned that bats are the only mammals that can fly.  Work during this week included labeling the parts of a bat:

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Labeling the parts of a bat.

After our unit on bats, we did an overview of the different classes of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.  We studied a different class each day and learned characteristics of each.  A big term we talked about was animals being warm-blooded and cold-blooded.  The 3- and 4-year-old children had the opportunity to sort animals into the five classes and the kindergarteners made a book that lists characteristics of each animal type.

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Kindergartener working on animal classification book.

Parents, we were so glad to see you all at conferences!  We’re proud of the progress your children have made and look forward to finishing the calendar year strong. 

 

 

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Every Friday, Poplar Room will be taking a walk in the woods. We are blessed to have beautiful land on our property.  The land use committee has been working hard to make the trails safe for all West Side students and families.

Children need to get out and explore the world around them.  The children delight in finding the most extravagant leaf or the tiniest bug.  They begin to wonder about the lichen on the trees, the holes in the leaves and how they got there.   And then a student carefully picks up a caterpillar crawling across the path so no one steps on it.  The more children spend time in nature the more they ask questions and wonder about the wold around them.  It is these children that will be the stewards of the Earth in the future.  Join us on Fridays and share with us the wonders of the natural world in our own backyard…

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Looking for leaves…

Look what I found!

Look what I found!

Playing in a pile of leaves.

Playing in a pile of leaves.

Painting our walking sticks.

Painting our walking sticks.

Leaf Collection

Leaf Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The kindergartners had a lesson on moon phases in the afternoon to conclude our study on the Solar System.  Using Oreo cookies, we made the moon phases with the frosting as shown above.  It was very cute to hear them naming the phases.  Following this lesson, we researched what type of moon would be out that night and discovered it was going to be a waxing crescent.  We had a great time with this lesson and of course had to eat a couple…

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