We started our day looking at this photograph of adorable pandas. The children studied the photograph then talked about what they noticed and what they thought was happening. They decided the pandas were trying to escape. They thought of possible titles for the photograph, which are listed on the chart above. I love that they noticed the pandas were working as a team. This class works so well together, too!
In Benchmark, we read a folktale called Altogether Now. This story is about the animals in a farm getting in an uproar over a fox who came looking for a chicken dinner the night before! Ask me to tell you what an uproar is. The horse came up with a plan to trick the fox. Ask me to tell you what happened! It was pointed out by a student that the animals on the farm worked together like that pandas we looked at earlier in the day. Huh, funny how that worked out!
In phonics we worked with the w sound. We listened to a story later in the day called Woodpecker Wants a Waffle, by Steve Breen.. This is a cute story about a just that; a new diner opens and the smell of waffles wafts into the woods, and woodpecker reads the sign and decides he wants to try a waffle. Ask me to tell y ou what happens when he tries to go into the diner. The woodpecker in this story is very clever and not only tricks the diners and waitress but the animals in the forest too! These friends of mine are always making me proud. One of the students noted that this story was like the folktale we read yesterday where the fox tricked the crow. We talked about how that was a text-to-text connection.
In math, we worked with subtraction story problems. We took a sprint and worked problems quickly, crossing out one and writing how many were left in groups. We then worked with story problems, drawing simple shapes and crossing them out to solve the problems. We also listened to story problems I told them, then looked to see if the number sentence I wrote went with the story or not. We fixed up the number sentences that did not match the story.
We had to sneak in a little science at the end of the day because we ran out of time, but luckily had enough time to watch a delicious video that shows how salt water taffy is made. We noticed all the times the workers pushed or pulled on the taffy. I am pretty sure I could smell the taffy being made as I watched with the children. I'll post it below if you need a little brain break to the shore for some saltwater taffy.
Have a nice evening!