We started our day with by analyzing these five photographs. We looked at how they were the same, and how they were different. As I listened in on the discussions, it was clear they quickly identified these landforms as islands. We then tried to define what made them islands, which is a little trickier. I also overheard quite a discussion about whether the photograph on the right in the top row was a volcano or geyser. We have looked at both and had lively debates about which was which! We ended our discussion by sharing which island we would like to visit. Interestingly enough, the highly populated island seemed to be the most popular choice. The children do an amazing job of discussing the pictures we look at each day. They stick to the topic, include everyone, ask questions, and disagree respectfully, although sometimes a little loud! Ask me to tell you which island I would like to visit.
In reading, we read an information book with many text features. A couple reading groups have also read books with captions and labels. We are working hard to be sure to read those captions and labels and study the photographs or pictures in the book. This is important information that should not be skipped. Children need lots of exposure to these text features, and need to hear their name often so they remember it. We have talked about the table of contents, heading, bold print words, captions and labels. We have also used the glossary to learn more about words that we have heard but may need to know more about. The children really enjoy information books.
In math we were comparing the length of objects in the room with a chain of links. We were making a chart that listed with pictures and labels what we found that was longer and shorter. Being able to communicate accurately in math is important and sometimes it's tricky when talking about measurement. Children want to use words such as big and little, but we need them to be more specific with the words they use. Length, height, compare and endpoints are words we are using right now when we are working with measurement.
We had an evacuation drill today. This drill is when the children need to be farther away from the building. They did a good job of walking up the hill and waiting quietly. Down the hill was trickier but no one rolled down! As always, I'm really proud of this group.
Have a nice evening!