It’s Autumn and Brynna has your weekly update from the start of the season at Abernethy.
Week 5 bustled right along as we switched themes from a September focused on the harvest, to an October focused on the change in the seasons. Week 5 began with looking at one of the most quintessential parts of fall in the Pacific NW: the changing leaves.
Monday – On Monday we took a lovely leaf walk around the school campus, looking for the most beautiful and unusual leaves. Students collected the leaves and shared them with the class, planning to continue using them throughout the week.
Tuesday – A student shared a book they wrote themselves with our class! We also chose one leaf from our leaf walk the day before to focus on. Students did leaf rubbings and made observations about the size, texture, color, and shapes of their leaves and how they compared to each other. We also discussed the anatomical parts of a leaf from stem, to veins, and blades.
Wednesday – On Wednesday we continued sharing from our journals, and then took a much needed game break outside to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Thursday – Today we did an experiment to pull out the pigments from differently colored leaves. Students formed teams based on colors (green, red, orange, yellow) and then searched for leaves in their color group. We let the leaves rest in rubbing alcohol, and then placed a small piece of coffee filter inside each jar to help us see what colors each leaf contained. Students made hypotheses in their groups about what colors would come out. Now we wait!
Friday – We wrapped up the week by completing part 2 of our leaf experiments. Students investigated changes in the color of their leaves and solution, and we recorded the results against our hypotheses.
This week (6) we are shifting to focus on another important part of the fall season: migration and hibernation. We will be discussing different animal adaptations that allow our garden friends to survive the cooler seasons! We will be observing what’s happening in the garden, while also helping our feathered friends as they make their way down to warmer weather.
All the best,