Creating Moon Silhouettes

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We are finishing learning about the moon. We concluded that the moon changes each night, even if it is only a little bit. We also discovered that it is always there. However, sometimes it looks like it is not there. When this happens, it is usually a “new moon.” We learned that the moon cycle happens each month making it so that we have a full moon and new moon each month.

As a final project, we created moon silhouette artwork. In this piece of art, we created a watercolor background, a silhouette of an outdoor scene and a moon phase we wanted to feature. We then wrote in our Science Notebooks about the moon phase we chose, why we chose it and what it reminds us of.

Making Observations About The Moon

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We having been making many observations about the moon. We have learned new vocabulary words that describe the different phases of the moon such as: new moon, waning and waxing crescent moon, quarter moon, waning and waxing gibbous moon and full moon. In our science notebooks, we have created the moon phases and used our own words to illustrate what they look like. Below are just a few examples of what we came up with.

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Author Visit From Jason Chin

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Today author, Jason Chin, visited Summit Street School. He is the author of many wonderful books including:

  • Coral Reefs

  • Island

  • Gravity

  • Redwoods

We learned about his writing process and the many steps he goes through in order to create a book. We learned about the research he does so that he can become an expert on the topic. Did you know that he also illustrates his own stories? Ask your child what they learned or if they have a favorite book written by him. To learn more about him check out http://jasonchin.net/

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“Animals In Danger” Video

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Our movie is now ready for viewing! The students had to do a lot and work very hard in order to make it.

  • First, the students each chose an animal to study.

  • Next, Mrs. Duggan taught them and helped them to research their animal.

  • Once the students had their research materials, they began taking important notes. These notes were used to write a report and a script for their movie.

  • The students then created beautiful backgrounds of their animal’s habitat using crayons and watercolors. They also used clay to make their animal.

  • The next step was to use the iPads with Mrs. Foley and Mr. Davidson to do claymation. The students each took over 200 pictures to do this!

  • The final step was to add voice and narration to the movie.

  • We hope you enjoy it!

Animals In Danger from Meghan Turcot on Vimeo.

“Sky Gazers”

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We started our “Sky Gazers” unit, in science, which focuses on the night sky. During this unit we will answer the following essential questions:

  • How does the sky look at different times?

  • How does the moon look at different times?

  • In what ways do objects in our sky change or appear to change?

To start thinking about this, the students used their Science Notebooks and answered the focus question, “What do I know about the night sky?”

Next week, we will start moon observations! Please look for a recording log in your child’s Homework Folder on Monday.