Thursday, 12 December 2013

An update on our hermit crabs investigation!

We got together as a group to discuss all the things we've learned so far from observing our hermit crabs and researching our wonder questions using various non-fiction books we found at the library.

What we've learned so far about hermit crabs...

"They use their pincers to feel the food and put it to their mouths with their tentacles and eat it." A.M.

"If they don't have food, they will not feel so good and they might die.  They need to be healthy to stay alive." G.M.

"They eat vegetables like carrots, celery, lettuce, and fruit."  C.D.

"If they get too big, they have to find a new home and a bigger shell." R.W.

"They use their claws to take off the shell and change to another shell" E.H.

"They have plants in their tank so they think it is the bottom of the ocean." C.M.

"Like coral" R.W.

"shells" C.M.

"sand" M.P.

"kelp" A.M.

"seaweed" E.H.

"They change shells because they get too big for the little shell and they have to find a new shell or they won't be able to get out because they will be too big." R.W.

"They walk on 4 spindly legs." W.E.

They have an exoskeleton on the outside of their skin. G.M.

We have to make sure their habitat is between 80 and 85 degrees! E.S.

They molt, they go under the sand.  Then they grow, and then they get a new exoskeleton. G.B.

They have gills for breathing. B.S.

After they grow, they look for a new shell. N.S.

We have to make sure their habitat is moist by spraying water. O.S.

They bath in the salt water like the ocean. D.S.

They like to climb seaweed. R.W.

They eat with their pincers. W.E.

I saw one swimming in the salt water. C.D.

They snap their claws to talk. E.H.

When they go under the sand, their exoskeleton breaks. E.E.

They are nocturnal. A.M.

They eat lettuce. P.I.

I saw them drinking water. D.C.

Molting is when they shed their exoskeleton. D.S.

The bones of the hermit crab are on the outside. G.M.

They have a shell to protect them from animals that want to eat them. G.M.

They are getting their new shape then going to get a new shell. A.T.

They need a new shell because they grew out their old one. K.W.

We used plasticine and sketch drawings to support and demonstrate our learning!

"First I made the shell, then I made the hermit crab. These are the pincers and these are the legs, and the eyes, and then the tail for protecting its shell." K.E.

Daily observations of our hermit crabs

I saw the hermit crab and he was burying himself and the shell was still on. E.E.

I saw them dig a hole under the sand. H.S.

I saw that the hermit crabs were snapping their pincers. A.P.

When I was looking at the hermit crabs, I saw that Shelley and Crusty were having a race. G.B.

I saw that one of the hermit crabs was eating using his pincers. W.E.

I see that Crabby is gone in the sand. E.S.

I see Crabby is eating fruit. G.B.

I heard a hermit crab snap its claws. E.H.

He is using his pincers. E.E.

I see that the hermit crab bent the grass. W.E.

The hermit crab was eating. K.E.

Only Crabby is in the shell. D.S.

I see Shelley and Crabby still wet. E.E.

Shelley is digging. O.S.

I see that Shelley and Crusty are in the food. E.H.

There are two shells turned over. A.P.

I see that Shelley is hiding. G.B.

"I saw that the hermit crab was climbing the grass. E.H.

I saw that hermit crab sleeping. G.M.

I see two shells flipped over. G.B.

I see only one hermit crab. E.S.

Its at 80 degrees. C.M.

The hermit crabs pushed out the kale. W.E.

There is not much food left. M.P.

The thermometer is at 80. R.W.

I think Shelley will change shells first because she is the biggest. A.M.

What we still wonder about hermit crabs

How do hermit crabs change shells? P.I.

Why do they live on land? D.S.

How do they breathe? O.S.

I wonder why they arent eating? E.S.

When are they going to change shells? G.B.

How does a hermit crab walk? H.S.

Why are they not moving in the day? M.P.

Why do they need plants? N.S.

I wonder how they take their shell off? G.B.

How do they walk on short legs? C.M.

How do they get out of the shell? M.P.

There's still so much to learn about our hermit crab friends! 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

A glance at what we've been learning!

November has been a wonderful month full of creativity and tremendous growth!  Take a glance at what the students have been learning, exploring, and investigating on their learning journey.


Math Concepts

 Math Carpet

G.M. using black marker lids, cubes, and dominos, to demonstrate various ways to represent numbers ranging from one to ten. 

E.E. using cubes, stones, two-dimensional shapes, corks, and dominos, to demonstrate various ways to represent numbers ranging from one to ten. 

A.M. using cubes formed in patterns to represent numbers ranging from one to ten.

C.M. using stones, cubes, bears, and dominos, to demonstrate various ways to represent numbers ranging from one to ten.  


Sorting our animal shelter donations!

We started with a pile of donations! We laid everything out to have a look. As a group, we discussed the items we received and decided to sort them into categories. We came up with leashes and collars, treats and bowls, blankets, toys, cleaning tissues, and towels. I asked the students if they were happy with their sorting categories or if they saw anything else they wanted to do?  

"The bowls should be separate from the treats because bowls are not food!" E.S.

Everyone agreed and we separated the treats and bowls into two categories.  

"The leashes should be alone too!"  C.D.

Everyone agreed as well, and we separated leashes and collars into two categories.

Since we didn't think we would remember all of the categories we created, we decided to write them down and make a list of the number of items we had so we knew what we still needed. As we were compiling our list, A.M. stated that we needed to sort the donations by animals as well. So we went back to our piles and sorted each one by cat and dog items!

Sketching and Painting 

The urn and greenery was our visual
(creative influence: Joanne

Animal shelter blanket creations!

Stitching Holiday Surprise!

The animal shelter blanket creations and the stitching holiday surprise fosters fine motor skills, creativity, character building such as empathy, and allows for a purposeful learning link that extends beyond the classroom to the community!  Both concepts were developed by Ms. Powell and the students of room 108! 

Reading and Writing

Making a plan during center time!

N.S. writing about our hermit crabs: Shelley, Crabby, and Crusty, during Writer's Workshop.

D.C. writing the fourth job (look at the hermit crabs), on our Jobs list during centre time.

That's a lot of fun learning!