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 bee hive, 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, Topsfield Fair Honey Bee Demonstration.
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 experience 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.
Why Does a Polar Bear Wear a White Fur Coat? - The answer to this question and many more arctic mysteries will be revealed during this exciting unit. Children will learn about the frozen Arctic and what creatures call this uninhabitable area their home. We will follow the mating cycle of a penguin, the dietary needs of the polar bear, what keeps the mighty walrus warm, and many other Arctic fun facts!
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!
Glad to Have a Friend Like You! - How lucky we are to have a special someone to share our days with at EPDS, our students are thrilled to have made so many wonderful friends! The values of caring, compassion, understanding, kindness, and thoughtfulness are all embraced as we see how special each of us is as an individual, and as a member of our community.
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.
Leaving Your Mark in the World – Famous African American Heroes. What defines a hero? What does it mean to do something heroic? To all of us the word “Hero” means something different. This month, we explore the diversity of our thoughts and beliefs. We will hear stories of famous African American Heroes and the remarkable achievements and contributions they have made. From their history, we will see how these famous people have had direct and indirect effects on us as individuals and on society as a whole.
What a Cool Machine I Am! – Our bodies in action and how we fuel them. This month long unit explores what a fabulous and interesting machine our body is. All of the systems and their functions, nutrition, and proper care of our bodies are the topics to be covered. Children will have a “hands on” experience with common tools found in a doctor’s office, as well as be both a patient and clinician in our classroom medical clinic.
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. We’ll watch seeds as they germinate and find out what plants need to grow and produce an end product.
Digging Up Dinosaurs – Uncovering the great creatures from long ago 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. A tide pool field trip, hands on sea creature experiences, and many seashore related activities encompass this fun-filled theme.