Today I had a surprise for the students. We grew spheres to use in our geometry unit. I brought in tiny water beads that look like colorful specks. We added water to a vase with the water beads and watched them expand as the specks absorbed the water. It was a bit distracting because the kids kept noticing the changes, but it was a lot of fun! We can't wait to see what they look like tomorrow!
We played a fun game I called Bump It. Each child had a paper, either red, yellow, or green, with a letter/s on them. The green papers had a beginning sound on them, the yellow paper had either an a or i on them, and the red paper had additional consonants. I put ck on one of the red papers since these letters work together and make the /k/ sound. We started with the word wag, then changed one letter at a time to make new words. The children with the letters for wag stood in front of the room. The children each made their sound then gently bumped the child next to them to produce the sounds. The class all said the word made. Then I changed a letter to make a new word. The kids had so much fun playing this game and became more fluent as we played.
For our Book a Day book, we read a Read the U.S.A. book. We visited Louisiana and read Petite Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood, by Mike Artell. This book is fun to read because it's written with a Cajun dialect. I read it as best I could, and I think the children enjoyed it! The illustrations are beautiful and have many important details about the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.
For our Picture Talk, we studied a photograph similar to the one below. The children noticed the shapes of this vegetable when sliced.
Then we looked at the whole vegetable, and what it looks like when sliced a different way.
Have a nice evening!