We started the day with Picture Talk. We studied these birds to talk about how they are the same and how they are different. The children talked mostly about their physical features and their movement. Then I showed bigger pictures of these bird we talked about how these birds act or what people think about them. I took away the penguin, and we put the big photos around the room. The children needed to go sit by the picture of the bird they felt they were most like. In their group they were to be sure they knew everyone's name, and talk about how they were like this bird. Then, each group came up in front of the class and talked about their group. They did an AMAZING job. I did prompt some with questions to get them talking, but I could tell they had talked as a group, which is really important. The other thing that happened is one bird only had one friend sit there. I was so impressed that this little bird in our flock did not change her thinking and stayed there instead of going to another group. She showed confidence and didn't follow others, but instead stayed true to who she is. We all noted that she was unique in our group. I'm posting photos below of the groups. Ask me to tell you about why I chose the bird I did.
Have a great weekend!