Brrr.... Our first class of the new year was a cold one! It was 20 degrees with a wind chill of 5 degrees! But the cold did not keep our little class from exploring the beautiful winter weather.
It was so lovely to spend the morning exploring the snowy landscape. After spending all of December focusing on how animals adapt to the winter, we were able to really understand how tough it is to survive and how important it is to have those special adaptations.
We were so excited to find all sorts of animal tracks in the snow. We found fox tracks and followed the tracks through the woods, up Sassafras trail, down Betty's trail and into the Woodland Restoration area.
After we thawed out in the classroom, we began our unit on Animal Classification. To start the unit we focused on learning why and how we group and sort objects. After brainstorming, we practiced putting our class into groups by hair color, eye color, clothing, gender, etc. After a little journal time to document our observations, the class practiced sorting different objects into groups.
Next week we will continue our study on animal classification!