Yes, you read that right. Today, instead of Friday, it was Funday. That doesn't mean we didn't learn anything or talk about anything important though! We started our day by studying this beautiful painting.
We talked about what the main idea of this painting is and what the children might be doing. We read a beautiful book from National Geographic called Brave Like Me, by Barbara Kerley. This book is about servicemen and women and their families. We talked about the importance of the armed services and how everyone in the family of someone serving their country has a special job. We appreciate the sacrifices these families make and are grateful for their service. Thank-you to all our military families!
Today we also learned about sketching trees. Today we focused primarily on the parts of the tree and the shape of the tree. We sketched from far away and also practiced using binoculars to see more from far away. It was a beautiful day for sketching!
In the afternoon, we read a book called Wind Flyers, by Angela Johnson. This book was about the Tuskegee Airmen. This prestigious group protected the bombers and never lost a plane they were protecting. The narrator in this story talks about how flying is different now than it was a long time ago. Ask me to tell you how it was different for the man in the story.
We made paper airplanes in the afternoon since we couldn't do it on our field trip Monday. We made awesome paper airplanes that can really fly far and high. We had two rules I know you will want to have at home too. Planes could not be flown toward anyone's face, and could not be flown toward the lights. We got one stuck on the lights and turned them off just to be safe in case the lights got hot. I know you will want those rules at home too. We designed and redesigned our planes after flying them. We also enjoyed naming them and decorating them too. Then we flew our best plane in a two person race to see whose plane would fly the farthest.
Just an FYI, I have not had access to my e-mail at all today, and only off and on yesterday. It is system-wide, although some teachers still have their e-mail. Hopefully this will be fixed soon, but please send a note Tuesday if there are any changes, and please understand if I don't reply right away to your e-mail.
I hope everyone has a fun, safe long weekend!