Monday, November 16, 2015

Our Harvest Unit!








Today we learn about cranberries and how they are harvested as part of our Thanksgiving/Harvest unit. Here, friends explore cranberries in the water table during morning free choice. What a cool cranberry bog!



While friends experiment with the cranberries in the water table, we watch a quick National Geographic video explaining how cranberries grow, how they are harvested and how they are mass produced for sauces and such. Did you know that 85% of the cranberries harvested in the U.S. are consumed around the holiday season?



We notice that cranberries float in our water table...but WHY do they float? We cut one in half and discover that cranberries have little pockets of air in them. Aha! That's why they float! Mason is quite the scientist and is super excited about his new discovery :)


Friends also explore various types of gourds today, noticing similarities and differences and using descriptive words to describe them. Soon we will open these little beauties up to see what's inside!


Makenna and Leah harvest potatoes in the sand table during morning free choice. They also help to collect the gems left over from last week's "ocean."


Wes practices his literacy skills by writing words that begin with the letter I. I is for Imagination, Inch worm and Igloo! Nice job, Wes!








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