Today we started reading testing for the middle of the year. This testing is much less involved than the testing done at the beginning of the year and we should be done with it by the end of the week.
We started a new unit of study in Writing Workshop. We are working on writing informational texts. Up until now, in Writing Workshop, the children have written from personal experience. Now they will begin to write about what they know using facts. We began this unit by thinking about topics we know about that would be good to use in writing an informational text, and topics we couldn't write about because we don't know enough about the topic to write. We discussed thinking fluently and brainstormed both topics, narrowing it down to one topic for our first book. This first book will focus on using text features found in informational texts and will not involve researching the topic. We will be doing that later in the year.
We also watched a short clip of the book Chicken Soup with Rice, by Maurice Sendak. This version has the great Carole King singing the book. We loved it, and listened to other Carole King songs written for children. Unfortunately, I looped the music and now still have Alligators All Around in my head. The children wanted to share Chicken Soup with Rice with you, so here it is!
We met some little critters who will be in our room for the next couple months as we learn more about life cycles. The children got a quick peek of the mealworms today and are very excited to learn more about them.
Have a great evening!