Thursday and Friday have been very busy, productive days for us! In math, we started our new unit and brought home our homework book. This stays at home and can be used for homework as you wish. As before, you do not need to return their work. We worked more with number bonds to be sure we know where the whole group quantity goes, and the parts. We know the number bonds do not always have the whole quantity at the top. We also worked with story problems. Even if we know the answer to the story problem, it's important we can show how we know. We know we need to show pictures, words, and numbers to show what we know.
We took time Thursday to listen to several books. Thursday was Read Across America Day, so we listened to some funny stories. We listened to Strega Nona, by Tomie DePaola, Those Darn Squirrels, by Adam Rubin and Dragons Love Tacos, also by Adam Rubin. We also read Red Shoes, by Karen English, that was not a funny story, but a very sweet story about grandmas, shoes, and their grandchildren. The children chose their favorite book and wrote an opinion piece about their favorite. They needed to state their opinion first, then write a sentence that had support for their choice. Ask me to tell you which book I chose and why.
We also talked about water as a natural resource and looked at a photograph of the Hoover Dam. There was so much to see! Some children we very interested in the dam, and others loved the beautiful mountains.
Today we reread a story we read recently called Peggy, A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure, by Anna Walker. The children thought about different settings where the story could take place. We talked about what kinds of things Peggy would do in those places. Then the children drew and labeled the setting they came up with. They did a great job with this, even my one little friend who sent Peggy to Universal Studios and noted on his paper that Universal Studios is better than Disney World. Bold move friend on a day I'm doing interims... I am going to miss this group so much next year. I just love their sense of humor and playfulness!
We looked at some feathers this morning and saw one feather that had water drops on it. We checked in on the Greenway nest and noticed one of the eagles also had water droplets on their feathers. We talked about how there is oil on the feathers that keeps the water on top of the feather so the water doesn't get the feathers and body of the eagle wet and soggy. Someone was wondering how the eggs get out of the eagles, and I just said the same way they get out of a hen, and quickly moved on. You're welcome. The children wrote in their News From the Nest journals to record something they have noticed so far. They seem fascinated by the corn cob in the nest. Martin loves to bring corn cobs and corn stalks to the nest. He put one on Rosa when she wasn't moving off the nest bowl and he wanted to incubate the eggs.
Have a nice weekend!