We took a slight detour after our Ocean unit, and spent a few days on studying the 5 senses. We tried different foods, listened to different sounds (musical instruments, plus our hand-made shakers), felt various textures and played games to test our senses. On Tuesday we dove right into our study of dinosaurs. We acted like paleontologists and searched for dinosaurs in the sand. By using a mixture including coffee grounds/flour/salt, the students made dinosaur imprints. They should be dry this week to take home. The children worked on their cutting skills by cutting out large Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, and by cutting out a baby dinosaur and its egg. We compared the size of a large dinosaur with the size of the whale (school bus) that we mapped out on the parking lot during the ocean unit. It was fun to see their excitement at comparing those two large animals! We incorporated lots of dinosaur songs and dinosaur books into our study. Mr. Williams came to our school on Thursday and engaged the children in a very lively music time! That afternoon, we had an impromptu opportunity through CBE to make tie-die t-shirts. Each child made their own. They had huge ownership in their work! They had fun trying to determine their friends’ favorite colors in order to make t-shirts for the students that were not there on Thursday. Fun week for the children!