"The Buzzing of the Bees in the Apple Trees" Students will be introduced to the seasonal changes of the apple tree, the pollination process, the beehive, queen bee, worker bees, and the roles they play. Through “hands on” exploration children will investigate the parts of the apple, the similarities and differences in the types of apples, and the production of honey. Field experiences include: Apple Picking at the Orchard, Farm Honey Bee Exhibit.
"I Am Special and So Are You" Children discover their uniqueness and the contributions they make in their families, classrooms, and in society as a whole. An emphasis is placed upon family dynamics and structure, individuality, embracing differences in others, and where we live in our community.
"Animals of the Night" In this unit, children will find the answers to the question, “What happens at night when we sleep?” They will compare and contrast night and day, light and dark, discover the patterns of different nocturnal animals, where they live, what they eat, and the unique sounds they make. A special classroom visit from a mystery nocturnal guest will be the “grand finale” for this fun topic.
"The Sights and Sounds of Autumn" With a chill in the air, we begin to explore the changes in our New England weather. Fall foliage, sunrise and sunset, temperature changes, and how we as humans begin to prepare for the upcoming winter months. Do plants and animals prepare also? Key vocabulary such as photosynthesis, deciduous, evergreen, climate, and autumn are integrated throughout this thematic unit. Field experiences include: Leaf Peeping Walk.
"Native Americans Past and Present - Friend or Foe?". This question is answered as we learn more about Naive American settlers and how they helped the Pilgrims as they came to Massachusetts. Maps, legends and stories, languages, teepees, clothing, art, tools, weapons, tribes, games and toys will be introduced and used to illustrate the lives of this culture.
"Colonial Kids Cooking" Kids test their skills in the kitchen with “butter making,” baking corn bread, grinding and canning cranberry relish, and creating their own recipe, “How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey.”
"A Thankful Me" We embrace the season by acknowledgement of everything we have to be thankful for. Children and families will participate in a school wide food drive to assist local families in need.
"December is Time to Celebrate" Children and families celebrate seasonal holidays in many different ways. We will experience the holidays of Divali (India), Las Posadas (Mexico), Kwanzaa (Africa), St. Lucy’s Day (Sweden), Hanukkah (Israel), and Christmas. The similarity of light which is a universal custom throughout the world and the differences each holiday offers makes this a very unique and fun filled curricular topic.
"World Wide Weather Watchers - What do we predict?"
Our students explore the differences in weather across the United States and around the world at this time of year. As a group, we gather information, compare and contrast different types of weather and weather patterns, make our own predictions/forecasts, and record actual weather occurrences in our area.
“The Northern Lights – A Bright Spot in the Dark of Winter"
What is the Aurora Borealis and why are the Northern Lights so spectacular? As we embrace the cold winter months in our part of the world, children will see that it is also frigid and cold in many parts of the globe. We will learn how glaciers move, why the Arctic and Antarctica are so different, how and where animals hunt for food in these cold climates, and find out if plants can actually grow and survive here. Children will explore their roles in keeping a healthy planet and efforts to help reduce the green house effect in our ever changing world.
"Where in the World is Gobbler’s Knob?" How does a groundhog predict the weather? What can this furry friend tell us about the winter season coming to an end? We will take a trip to Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania (via the internet) and see where the famous Punxatawney Phil lives, who cares for him, what he eats, and exactly what all the excitement is about!
“Shake, Rattle, and Roll! – The World of Natural Disasters"
This hands on exploration of tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, wildfires, volcanoes, earth quakes and even tsunamis, gives children an up close and personal experience of the natural disasters that occur around our world. By examining and constructing different types of natural disasters in the classroom, children will learn what causes an earthquake, can natural disasters be predicted and prevented, where in the world do most of the natural disasters occur, and what are some of these famous events that people have lived to tell about.
"So You Want To Be President!" Being the President of the United States has its benefits, that’s true, but what exactly does the President do? We’ll be taking an in depth look at what the President’s “job” entails, as well as where he lives, how he travels, and who helps the President when he needs it. A glance at Presidents of the past as well as a try at the voting process, give children insight into our government and its accomplishments of the past and present.
“The Adventures of Toucan Sam and Freddy the Frog - A Journey into the Rainforest" Sam and Freddy take us to the exciting rainforest where children will learn about all the animals that live in the canopy. We’ll learn the answers to many of the popular questions: Where are the rainforests, what is the average rainfall there, and why are so many animals happy to call this place their home? A shopping trip to the grocery store to find and sample rainforest foods will be the finale to this very engaging and yummy unit!
“It’s So Neat To Eat – Fun Foods and Nutrition For Young Bodies" Eating is something children do independently each day therefore, an awareness of proper nutrition and healthy foods is critical for a growing child. In this unit, we will focus on the main food groups and their nutritional values, identify healthy foods versus unhealthy foods, explore the global nature of our food resources, and identify specific careers associated with food production. Children will try their hand at preparing a recipe from scratch, as well as create their own “Fun Foods” recipe book to take home.
"What’s Up With the Seeds We Sow? Looking at the Earth Below" From seed to plant, to flower or fruit, all the parts of the plant, down to the root. Our classroom farmers will try their hands at planting grasses and vegetables in a portable garden. Together, we will be exploring and investigating parts of plants pollination, photosynthesis, edible plants, and much more!
"Digging Up Dinosaurs – Uncovering Great Creatures from Long Aga and Far Away" How big is a Brontosaurus? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Why does a Stegosaurus use his tail to fight? As we become paleontologists, we’ll be able to answer these questions and many more. From Allosaurus to T-Rex, we’ll see what happened during this fascinating time in history, and will try to discover what brought these great creatures to extinction.
"How Do I Get From Here to There? – The Transportation System" Cars, Trucks, Buses, Trains, Boats, Bicycles, Planes, and even our feet can get us where we need to go. Students will create their own transportation system and vehicles to get them from start to finish. Each unique creation will have its own story as children let their imaginations be their guide.
"The Night Sky – When do the Moon and Stars go to Sleep?" Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one…….BLAST OFF!!! As we build a pretend spaceship and put on our astronaut helmets, we’ll launch ourselves into outer space to experience our solar system. Martians, robots, planets, constellations, and the night sky make this an innovative unit for young learners.
"The Hidden Treasures of the Mighty Atlantic" With the start of summer around the corner and the seashore at our front door, this final unit is a great way to wrap up our school year. We'll explore the uniqueness of ocean water, learn about sea creatures, and find out what we can do to keep our ocean safe for sea life. A tide pool field trip, hands on sea creature experiences, and many seashore related activities encompass this fun-filled theme.