Today we visited the state of Arizona and talked about the animals and plants found in the desert habitat. This is just a little preview of what we will be studying later in marking period 4. We read the book Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank, by Jillian Lund. This short book shows many of the plants and animals you would find in the desert. Ask me to tell you what animals and plants are found in the desert. We also read a very sweet story of a Native American little girl and her grandmother called Tortilla Moon, by Joy Crowley. In this story the little girl Marta Enos, has two problems. Ask me to tell you about her problems. The Grandmother helps helps the little girl by singing her a healing song. The song says when you have a problem, you can choose what you will be. Sometimes it is best to be a tree so you can "get the big picture" and see all ways at once. She tells her sometimes it's best to be like a rock and sit still and see and say nothing. Sometimes you have to be a mountain lion and fight for what is right. And other times you need to be an eagle and fly up to see how small the problem is and laugh. Ask me to tell you what the little girl chooses to be and why.
In reading, we are working on close reading strategies. One strategy we are working with is asking questions and finding them in the text or thinking about what we know and clues from the story to answer inferences. We work with a short text and are learning strategies that focus our reading more so we can understand the text more deeply. Our morning is short on Mondays with P.E. in the morning so I was only able to meet with two groups, but we will do more tomorrow.
In math, we worked with using the number to solve simple addition problems. We know we need to look at the parts of the problem, start on the bigger number, and hop the number of spaces in the other part.
We got to see DC4 and DC5 feed a lot today. The First Lady was giving the eaglets fish today. The eaglets are getting stronger and able to hold their heads up more so they are eating more. The will change very quickly over the next week with such good meals from their parents. The children were less than impressed with the saliva they were also given. Right now, these eaglet siblings are very cooperative and patient with each other, although we did see a few head bonks today.
Have a nice evening!