Our week was short because we had no school on Friday, we return back from the long weekend on Tuesday. With a short week and our project work – the time seemed to fly. I hope everyone enjoys the much deserved long weekend.
We started our week with a science lesson in the park with Ms. Ingrid. Our first activity was exploring the science behind flower colours.
Pick a petal from the flower
Tear the petal into small pieces and put them in the mortar.
Add one teaspoon of water. Grind the petal and water together with the pestle: push down while grinding in a circle. Keep grinding until the water is as dark as the petal. It’s important that you get the water really dark.
Suck up the petal juice with a dropper. Put a few drops of petal juice in each well of the tray. Add a drop or two of acid (vinegar) to one well of the petal juice in the tray. Add a drop or two of base (baking soda solution) to another well. What new colours do you see? Are any of them familiar flower colours? (acid makes the petal juice pink/orange; base makes it purple/blue (and green with some flowers).
Experiment with adding various amounts of acid and base to the petal juice.
Can you reverse the colour changes?
Discussing the results of the flower experiment:
Learning about the molecules of colours:
Our second activity was a molecule match-up game:
Plant smells are due to molecules drifting through the air. Different smell molecules activate a receptors, and so send a different signal to the brain.
Bees and butterflies are attracted to flowers with sweet smells (e.g. geraniol, linalool)
Other plants use smells to repel insects e.g. rosemary has eucalyptol, cedar has pinene.
We learned to distinguish the molecules apart. The molecules may look similar to us, but they smell quite different, as their shape means they dock with a different receptor in our nose and send a different signal to our brain.
On Tuesday Ms. Lublow asked for some garden helpers:
This week student council met to help organize Bike to School week that is happening on May 28 – June 1. Student council wrote announcements and made charts that had graphs for each class to use when Bike to School week starts. A big thank you to Felix’s parents, Maiko & Kevin for helping us organize this special event at Tyee.
We have been using our class time to get our boards ready for the learning fair. It has been so wonderful to see everyone helping each other out.
On Wednesday we sang the ‘welcome song’ with Mr. Martin in music:
On Thursday we celebrated Felix’s birthday!
Our mindful practice for the week has been discussing ‘calm body, calm mind’. We are ready to learn when our bodies are calm and we become whole body listeners. But how can we calm our bodies, especially when we are feeling big emotions?
We can start with a strategy that works for us. Maybe it’s bringing a focus-tool to the carpet, using noise cancelling earmuffs, or finding a quiet spot during work time. Everyone’s strategy will be different, discuss what works for you.
Sometimes we need help getting back to center – here’s how you can help.
Alternatives to the phrase “calm down”:
- I see that you are having a difficult time, let me help you.
- Take a deep breath.
- That can be so frustrating, let’s figure this out together.
- I see that you are so mad, how does that feel in your body?
- Count to 10.
- Want to squeeze my hand?
- How about a big hug.
- Tell me about it.
- Use an indoor voice.
- Let’s take a minute by ourselves to calm our anger.
- Your face is red, try taking a breath to help your heart slow down.
- I hear what you are saying but I don’t like to be yelled at.
- Let’s focus on fixing the problem together.
- If you are feeling sad, you can tell me about it.
Next week is our Tyee Learning Fair – Learning Through Food. The fair is May 24th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for parents and then Friday during the day. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 24th!