We started our day studying these two birds. We talked about what we noticed and what we wondered. We will be learning more about plants and animals in reading, as well as by reading books and studying photographs in our classroom library.
We continued talking about severe weather and how to stay safe. We listened to the story Thunder Cake, by one of America's best children's author Patricia Polacco. This is the story of a little girl and her Russian grandmother, her babushka. The little girl is afraid of thunderstorms, and one is on the way. Her babushka coaxes her out from under the bed and tells her they just have time to make thunder cake before the storm comes to their house. She also tells the little girl how to count between the lightning and thunder to tell how far away the storm is from them. The wise babushka keeps the little girl busy getting the ingredients for the thunder cake, with many of the tasks also being scary for the little girl. Ask me to tell you what the little girl did to help make the thunder cake. Be sure to ask me what the secret ingredient in the thunder cake is!
We made text-to-self connections as we listened to the story Thunder Cake. The children drew something in the story that was scary for the little girl, then drew a picture that showed something that was or still is scary for them now.
We listened to a book that gave us ideas for what to do when we feel scared. Sadly, this led to a movie-to-self connection that forced me to show the children this clip from a classic movie.
We also reviewed what to do to stay safe during a thunderstorm. Ask me to tell you three things to do in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
Have a nice evening!