April 29

Book Recommendations

I want to share three devotionals that I am reading during my morning devotions. We all have more time to read now, so this is the perfect time to add something new to your quiet time with God.

I am reading the second book of Louie Giglio’s science devotions for kids. I learn something about creation every day! Your entire family will enjoy it. There are two books in this series, and I hope he writes another one!

How Great is Our God- 100 Indescribable Devotions about God and Science

How Great Is Our God - LifeWay

Let’s join together and pray as a nation. If My People is a 40 day prayer guide for us to intercede for our nation. It’s a small, inexpensive paperback that is so powerful! I love the way that the author also weaves prayers from past presidents throughout the 40 days.

If My People… A 40 Day prayer Guide for Our Nation

If My People . . .: A 40-Day Prayer Guide for Our Nation by Jack Countryman 1404187286 9781404187283

I was given the next devotional several years ago and I just picked it up again. It is truly one of the best devotionals I have used. Although it begins in January, I just began on the date I started back in March. I look forward to the wisdom I gain through it each day.

New Morning Mercies – A Daily Gospel Devotional

New Morning Mercies | Hobby Lobby | 1615269

January 16

Not a Stick

PreK scientists are studying the forest, so our lab focused on trees. After learning the parts of a tree (trunk, branch, twig, and leaves), we looked at a collection of sticks and noted the diversity. Some were long and thin, while others were short and thick. Some of the sticks were covered with lichen and others were curved or branched.

After reading, Not a Stick. we used our imaginations to pretend the sticks on our papers were items other than sticks. Divergent thinking is hard work! What a fun way to connect science, reading, and art. Click here to watch a video of the story. Who is speaking to the pig?

January 26

Owl Pellets

Third grade biologists dissected sterilized barn owl pellets as part of their unit on vertebrates. Owls eat their prey whole. Since birds don’t have teeth, they can’t chew their food. The owl slowly digests its meal by separating the softer materials, such as meat, from the harder materials, such as bones. It then regurgitates the bones along with indigestible items, like feathers and fur, in a pellet.

We used a bone identification key to identify the bones we found. Animal skeletons found in the pellets included mice, rats, shrew, voles, moles, and birds. We discovered that the animal bones have the same names as those in our bodies, such as femur, scapula, clavicle, rib, skull, and mandible.

Click here to learn how to dissect a pellet.
Click here to learn more about owl pellets.

In their homeroom classes this week, third graders were asked to revise a sentence about an owl pellet. Vocabulary development is an essential component of reading comprehension.

Fourth graders read Poppy by acclaimed Newbery-winning author Avi. The story is an animal adventure about an owl who rules Dimwood Forest. Children understand passages like the one following because they dissect owl pellets in third grade.

“…she glanced at the base of Mr. Ocax’s tree. There lay what appeared to be a mound of pebbles. Gradually a ghastly realization came over her. What she was seeing was a mound of Mr. Ocax’s upchucked pellets, the closely packed and undigested bits of fur and bone from his dinners. The vision made her blood turn cold.”

 

December 14

New Books

I offer the fourth graders the opportunity to purchase Scholastic Books throughout the year. I use the bonus points from their orders to select books for the Science Lab and for classroom libraries. This month, I chose the books below and a magnetic fishing game for our PreK program. If your classroom doesn’t order Scholastic books and you would like to have that opportunity too, please let me know and I will send an order form home with your child.

January 20

Penguins

When I plan science units for each grade level, I use a multi-disciplinary approach. Science is integrated with the other subject areas, includng art, music, social studies, reading, writing, technology, and math. Kindergarten and Pre-First classes have been studying Antarctica. After reading Tacky the penguin stories, the children had a Tacky Day and dressed like characters from the story. Tacky is a penguin that doesn’t follow the crowd!