Today we studied photographs of bears and wrote questions to use in our research about bears. But before we jumped into the information texts, we read a great book called There's a Bear on My Chair, by Ross Collins. This book is a lot of fun. While the illustrations are somewhat simple, the vocabulary is challenging. We stopped along the way and used the illustrations and context clues to figure out the meaning of the tricky words. There's lot of rhyming with some very sophisticated words. Here is the author reading the story, with a little commentary along the way. The children have not seen this video, but I know they would enjoy hearing this story again.
In Writing Workshop, we learned to use a simple graphic organizer. We read an information text about polar bears. Then we recalled some of the facts we learned about in the text. We learned about just using a few words instead of writing sentences to create notes to use in writing a report or book. These notes, and others the children will be writing next week, will be used in creating a book written by the whole class. Below is the example we wrote together.
In Health today, we talked about calling 911 and fire safety. Your children may be asking you about what they should do in case of a fire at your house. We talked about establishing a safe place to meet. We practiced Stop, Drop and Roll. Ask me to show you how I Stop, Drop and Roll.
Have a nice weekend!