Today we visited Massachusetts on our Read Across America journey. We read the class Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. We stopped along the way to talk about interesting words such as beckoned, responsibility and two meanings of the word bank. Ask me to tell you what a river bank is.
The ducklings in the book have interesting names. All the names end with ack. We talked about how ck is sometimes found in the middle or end of words that have the /k/ sound. We worked hard and spelled words with ack, adding endings and a couple with prefixes. I couldn't trick these little writers! They did a great job of writing the words quickly. They drew a picture of their favorite part of the story and illustrated with brown crayon, like the brown ink used in the illustrations in the book.
We have been working with decomposing numbers. We used two-sided beans to shake and dump to find all the ways to make 7. Ask me to tell you three ways to make 7.
We have been reading information texts about bears to prepare us to write a class book about bears. Wednesday we read about grizzly bears. Ask me to tell you what makes them different than other bears, and something new I learned about bears.
Wednesday we read a poem about eggs. We continued our work with vowels and looked for short and long e words. We also watched a great book on Reading Rainbow called Chickens Aren't the Only Ones. Ask me to tell you four animals who hatch from eggs.
With help from Mr. Sheetz. I'm trying to get the kids to move on to a new song. Octopus's Garden is one song we're working on. I thought I'd get them interested with this amazing photograph from National Geographic and this video of octopus eggs. Maybe that is the garden. Enjoy!
Have a nice evening!