Today we looked at this photograph and made predictions about what we thought happened next. We had a variety of predictions, mostly that the animals would play together which kind of blew the purpose of my sharing the photo, but a few thought the cheetah might attack the dog. We talked about how when we make a good prediction we use our schema, our background knowledge. Knowing a cheetah is a predator, it could be likely the cheetah would attack the dog. But these two are really good friends because they have grown up together in a protected animal safari..
We read a poem called Making Bridges, by Rose Waldo. The illustration for the poem showed us a young boy in his baseball uniform with a bat and ball, and a little girl in dressed in a traditional Korean dress with a kite. We thought about what the title might mean, but decided it probably was not about building a bridge structure. As we read the poem, we thought about what the title may mean. We thought more about the word bridge and how a bridge connects two things. We read together again and determined this poem was about making connection with someone who may not be just like you. We talked about making connections with other people to find out what you have in common.
We decided that it's important to have a wide circle of friends. We made a play- date for recess today. The children paired up with someone they didn't know very well, and I asked them to play together at least for part of recess so they could get to know them better. They talked together briefly to determine where and what they were going to do at recess together. After recess we found out that almost everyone kept their playdate and that this was a great way to get to know our classmates better. Ask me to tell you about my playdate.
Before lunch, we read our Book-a-Day book. Today it seemed appropriate to read Can Cat and Bird Be Friends, by Coll Muir. This is a sweet story of a cat and bird questioning whether they can be friends. They found out they didn't like to do the same things are were ready to part ways when they found out something they had in common. Ask me to tell you what the two friends did not both like to do, and what they discovered they both like to do.
We finally were able to have our Game Day reward for our Bear Bucks. We had a lot of choices games. We had memory games, Chutes and Ladders, Uncle Wiggly, Animal Jenga, Trouble, Connect Four, of course Candy Land! Ask me to tell you about what games I played.
In math, we worked with ten frames. We showed different ways to show six and seven using the ten frames. The ten frames are an excellent tool for children to begin to visualize numbers and to learn about the all important ten in math.
We hope to see you Monday at our Open House from 9:30 - 11:30. We hope you can stop in when it's convenient for you during that time. We will have library in our room from 9:30 - 10:15. After that we will probably take a Brain Break and get drinks. Then, we will have part of our reading block. The kids are really proud of how they work together as a group and are learning. I hope you can drop in during our Open House.
Have a restful, fun weekend!