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“This is one of our favorite unit studies,” said kindergarten teachers Stephanie Gardner and Christy Thurman. “We have been adding to the unit for several years now, but our favorite activity is building and enjoying the 500-plus milk jug igloo. It’s always a fun place to imagine and explore.”
During the unit study, the students read an informational text about life in Antarctica, study the animals that live there and discuss landforms, temperature and climate. The children also practice counting by twos, fives and tens, using the milk jugs as they begin learning about estimation and exploring perimeter, area and symmetry.
Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Thurman would like to thank all the students, parents, and community friends who saved jugs for the project.
“It’s such an exciting way to help the kids visualize what a real igloo would look like,” said Mrs. Gardner. “It’s nice when everyone comes together to offer such great experiences for our children.”