What an eventful day! We talked about the groundhog seeing his shadow and read an information book about the holiday. We looked for text features in the book. Ask me to tell you what bold print and captions are and how they help me understand the text better.
During Talk Time, we practiced asking questions with our partners about the photograph. Then we listened to a beautiful book called Bringing in the New Year, by Grace Lin. Grace Lin is a wonderful author who writes and illustrates not only beautiful picture books, but chapter books as well. We then watched a video of Grace Lin showing how to draw a dragon. Ask me to show you my dragon and to tell you the three lucky numbers Grace Lin told us about. What do the numbers mean. Look at the whiskers and ask me to tell you what I was wishing for in the New Year.
We listened for key details in an information text about how we may travel in the future. We got sooooo sidetracked when the book showed an elevator to space. So many questions. So during lunch I googled space elevator. I didn't find anything that really was on our level, could but apparently it is still something they are working on. So if your kids are talking about taking an elevator to space, that is where it came from. I did find the new space restaurant at Epcot in Disney World is an elevator to space simulator. I'm including the video because I showed the beginning and end to the kids, not the expensive restaurant part, and the kids wanted to see it again. They liked seeing the land when they were going up, but not going down. I think I'll pass on the whole elevator to space opportunity, should one ever be offered to me!
In math, we started talking about number bonds. We talked about putting together groups and breaking a group apart into two parts. We practiced writing numerals on Seesaw today too. We have a lot of numeral reversals so we will be working on that over the next couple weeks. A great way to practice at home is with a little shaving cream on a cookie sheet.
We also talked just a little today about the Olympics. The Olympic torch started its journey to Beijing so we watched a little clip so the kids could see what a torch is and how they were passing it to different runners.
So much excitement in February!
Have a nice evening!