We started our day by passing the Talking Fish. We enjoyed hearing about how our friends celebrated Thanksgiving and what they did over the long weekend.
We listened to a very special book that Tyler brought in today. Tyler went to see Jan Brett and he brought her new book The Tale of the Tiger Slippers. This book is set in India and is a retelling of the Middle Eastern folk tale "Abu Kassem's Slippers." The story is about a tiger cub who is born into a poor family. His mother makes him beautiful red slippers to keep his feet from getting hurt while he works. The tiger discovers clay he can use to make bricks, and becomes wealthy by building with the bricks. He continues to wear the red slippers, but then others question why he continues to wear the worn slippers when he is so wealthy. Ask me to tell you what happens when the tiger tries to get rid of the slippers. This is another beautifully illustrated book by Jan Brett who is not only an amazing artist, but one of the best storytellers for young children.
In math, we continued to work with geometric shapes. We worked on sorting shapes that were solid and shapes that were plane shapes. We are focusing on rectangles, squares, circles, triangles and hexagons with the plane shapes, and using words such as sides, angles or corners and curve to describe the shapes. The solid shapes were are focusing on are cones, pyramids, cylinders, spheres, cubes and rectangular prisms, and are using words such as faces, edges, corners and points to describe the shapes.
In reading, we read an informational text called What Do Plants Need? We listened for words that were new to us and used context clues to determine their meaning. We used not only the words but the photographs to help us find meaning. We also listened to determine the author's purpose for writing the book, and his ideas and support his ideas. We found the reasons in the text and photographs. Ask me to tell you what plants need to grow.
Have a great evening!