We started our day celebrating DC9 hatching last night about 11:30. So far, DC9 looks great to me, but I'm no expert. I've watched previous nests and learned a lot from the chat and from books, but of course I don't know what else could happen. Right now, DC9 is trying to hold up its head, and is doing a great job of that. It looks like its trying to stand up, so it's rocking on its wings. The children think it's dancing! Speaking of which, the children are sooooo excited. I kept the window open on my computer, sound on, so I could hear if it sounded like Lotus was moving around so we could catch a peek. Well, we got several good looks, and got to see Mr. President feed DC9 too. We see two parts of fishes on the nest. This will be a common thing now as an eaglet is in the nest. The couple will not be eating out as much. You can probably relate to that! The children are very anxious to know if DC9 is a boy or girl. At this point, the only way to find out is with a blood test I think. However, as you might imagine, as eagles mature into being an adult, their behavior during nesting season will clear that up. I WON'T tell the kids that!
We were able to write in our journals about Mr. P and his stick on Lotus yesterday to get his turn brooding on the egg.
We practiced writing some of our newer red words today so we can bring them to fluency. We need to be able to write those words quickly and without sounding them out. We also played some games where we manipulate the sounds in the words to make new words. We sang the song Bingo and changed the first letter in the name to make other names such as Ringo, Dingo, and Zingo. Then we played the game Switcheroo, which is like what we do with the blending board in OG but where I do some of the thinking. In Switcheroo we change one letter at a time to make a new word. For example we started with the word cat, we can change the middle letter to u and make the word cut. Then we can change the first letter from c to n and make the word nut.
We continued our author study of Mo Willems. Today we read A Big Guy Took My Ball. We talked about how Mo Willems writes books that have common problems or events that happen to children. In this book, Piggie loses a ball he found, and he thinks a whale, the big guy, took it. We talked about problem solving with this book, but also about judging others by the way they look.. The children, and Piggie and Elephant, thought the whale was a big, mean bully because of his large size. We talked about not making judgements like that and to find out what people are like by the way they treat others and by their actions. We went through a problem solving process to talk about how Piggie could solve his problem.
1. Say the problem.
2. Think of solutions. We went through good solutions and not so good solutions.
3. Explore the consequences.
4. Pick the best solution.
Ask me to tell you about A Big Guy Took My Ball.
In math, we worked on clarifying what our number sentence should look like when we are taking apart a group. We practiced decomposing groups and writing the equation.
We also had a few minutes at the end of the day to write in our eagle journals again, to talk about what we saw today with DC9's arrival. I took a few screen shots for you to see. If you haven't done so yet, you might want to check out the website: https://naeaglecam.org/
Have a nice evening!