We had a great day. We worked with the /g/ and sound blending sounds to make a words, Today we had our Eureka Plus time. These are not Eureka activities, but challenges that we are using suggested by our staff development teacher Mr. Fenton as well as others our team has found. We plan to do these every other Friday, or more often. Many of them we will be putting into our math station that we hope to begin using next week when we finish our Eureka lessons. Today's challenge was called Chain of Changes. To play you need 12 shapes of different colors. You start the game with one shape, then the next shape has to be the same but will be a different color. The shape after that needs to be the same color but a different shape. The game continues until you don't have a piece that fits the pattern. With games like this, it's important to play them several times so the children can develop a strategy. We will play this again as a class sometime soon to see what they have discovered. Here are a few pictures of pairs of children, and one trio, playing this fun game.
We studied different spiders this morning for our Picture Talk. We are working to look more closely to see details. We also are analyzing, so we are looking for similarities and differences as well as how the parts all come together.
We used our Boxlight to create a pictograph to find out which spider most kids liked best. We do not have a lot of graphing in our Eureka, but it does come up on the MAP P, so we like to add that in to our curriculum when we can. We talked about making sure we line up the bear faces so we can look at our data and easily see how many there are in each row. We can also compare easier to find out which had the most, fewest, and also how many more between the spiders.
We didn't have time to work on our Read the USA suitcases, so we hope to try and do that Monday. We did visit our first state. We began our journey across the USA in Oklahoma where Woody Guthrie was born. We listened to Woody sing Riding in My Car and enjoyed the pop-up book. Careful, this one gets stuck in your head.
Then we listened to ALL the verses of This Land is Your Land. The children will soon be learning the first verse of this song. This book will be in our Read the USA basket so the children can see all the pictures from all over our beautiful country.
I hope you have time this weekend to enjoy the beautiful fall weather!