Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Travel Destination: China

Did you know the actual Chinese New Year celebration lasted from January 27th to February 2nd? Well this gave us plenty of time to celebrate the Year of the Rooster and “tour” the highlights from the amazing country of China.
China is an incredible country with a history that goes back centuries, with one of the oldest civilizations calling China home. The history of China is divided into dynasties and throughout these dynasties, inventions and advancements in technology, math, and science can be contributed. The people, the culture, and food of modern day China also gave us plenty to talk about.
With such a rich history and the people and culture of China today, we had plenty to do. Take a look at some of our projects!  

Pictures by Terri Lester for Strawberry Shake

Chinese New Year Activities:

China Products:

Chinese Crafts Pinterest Board:

Creative Snacks:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Groundhog Day and More

Oh my goodness, it is February and that means it’s time to talk about Groundhog Day!  Well, we totally missed that boat with parent/teacher/student conferences and math inservices happening on February 2nd and February 3rd; fortunately there are plenty of conversations that can occur based on Punxsutawney Pete.
We plan to continue our conversations about animals that hibernate during the season of winter and what it means when Punxsutawney Pete comes out of hibernation to look for his shadow.  What is a groundhog? Does he really predict whether winter is going to last for six more weeks or if spring is going to be here earlier? What causes the shadow to appear or not to appear? How can you make a shadow and what do you need? What are some signs of spring that we can look for?
We may have missed the actual Groundhog Day, but we did lots of activities planned in honor of Punxsutawney Pete and will continue on this week!

Groundhog Day Videos:

Groundhog Day Activities:

Groundhog Products:

Groundhog Snacks: