The first part of the second semester has been all about paleontology, the study of dinosaurs and fossils.  The children loved learning how fossils are formed by creating some themselves.   Together, in groups they discovered the challenge that paleontologists face when putting bones together. They did a great job in covering a dinosaur skeleton with clay and personizing it with their own decorations such as the one below.  Our study culminated in a trip to the Sacramento Zoo to visit the dinosaur exhibit.

Last semester we began science by studying light and sound with many experiments, including playing musical instruments, making shadows, and playing with shadow puppets.

Our next unit was the life science. We categorized the five phylum’s of animals with bones: fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals

We studied animals without bones: insects and spiders in many ways, including integrating math with symmetry.

Then we studied life cycles.