In March, we explored food chains in different ecosystems like mountains, ponds and oceans. We also learnt about what would happen if one of the components of a food chain disappeared and discussed how deeply every living thing in an ecosystem was connected.
To understand decomposition, we took a trip to the nature trail to look for worms! We looked at parts of a worm and observed the process of decomposition in the classroom.
We began our biomes of North America with an introduction to biomes. We simplified the abstract concept by discussing things like temperature, what grows there and animals that adapt to live in a Biome. We learnt about the Tundra biome and how the animals in the tundra adapt to survive in the harsh climate.
We ended our study about the Tundra with the “blubber “experiment. The children learnt how the polar bears survive in the Tundra with the help of fat called blubber. We also started learning about the desert biome and will continue the study when we are back from spring break. We had special visitors from the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. The children had the opportunity to experience music and dance from Thailand! They learnt how to write their names and dressed up in their traditional clothing:-).
In Art, Ms. Michelle explored using different textures to paint with the children. She used Eric Carle’s paintings as an inspiration. She also guided the children to create beautiful ballet dancer themed art inspired by French artist Edgar Degas. We said our sad good byes to Ryan as he is moving to another different city. We will miss him!
Next month we will continue to explore the deserts and forests of North America.
El Salon Lila Lead Teacher