We studied this photograph today to notice the external features of an eagle. This eagle is actually showing us its brood patch, which is a featherless part of it's body that helps incubate the eggs on the nest. Both the male and female eagle will lose feathers there when it is time for the eggs to be incubated. This is not Mr. President or The First Lady though. We are still waiting for their egg/s. In the meantime, you might want to take a look at another local nest. This nest is much farther along and has two eggs. The website for this nest is: http://www.eaglecam.org/
Yesterday we started our Read the U.S.A. project once again. We are going to try and read a book set in each state, or about a famous event or person in that state. Yesterday we visited Maine learned about the coastal habitat there. We also learned a little about animals that live in the forest there. We read the book One Morning in Maine, by Robert McCloskey. This is a wonderful old book that has Sal in it, from Blueberries for Sal. In this story, we find out about a typical day in Maine. We compared where we live to the setting in the book and found some similarities, but also some very big differences. Ask me to tell you what I noticed about the setting for One Morning in Maine. While listening to the story, we were able to make some text-to-self connections. Sal looses a tooth, then really looses it!
We watched a video of a story called Grandfather Tang's Story. This story is told through tangrams. We used tangrams to make some of the animals from the story and other animals as well.
We are beginning information books in writing. We are learning about text features and putting them in our book. We read a text about eagles today and noticed the content page, headings, labels, information boxes and maps. All these things help the reader learn more about the topic. We will be using these things in our books as well.
Have a great evening!