This week we’ve been learning about and focusing on spiders. For science & math; we watched videos and read non-fiction books about spiders.
Then students completed a survey on whether they thought spiders were scary or neat, then we graphed the results and drew our own spiders. We also learned the song “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and made our own hand painted spiders to go along with the song.
We read the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and retold the story using an old lady puppet and animals to put into the old lady’s mouth. Finally, students illustrated the main character and the other characters to make a character map.
During writing we’ve been learning the basics of writing a letter. First we read the story Franklin’s Halloween. Then as a class we worked together to write a simple letter to our parents inviting them to our Halloween party. Then we used that letter to create a Halloween card.
We learned about graphs last week and how to analyze data. We wrote about what we wanted to be for Halloween and drew a picture on a pumpkin cut out. Then students took their pumpkin and put their pumpkin into one of three categories; fun, scary, or superhero. Then students fill out their own individual graphs and describe which category is greatest, and which group is fewer.
We read the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and to help us tell the story we used musical instruments. For the shoes we used a woodblock, tambourine for the pants, maracas for the shirt, castanets for the gloves, and rhythm sticks for the hat. During free choice centers students got to retell the story on their own using the instruments.
During math students did a roll and draw to draw a scarecrow like the scarecrow in the story and learned the shapes that they drew. They added details to the picture after they drew the scarecrow.
Students also made paper plate jack-o-lanterns like the scarecrow face during art time and part of free choice center time.
Last week on Friday we finished up our color week unit. Each day of the color week we focused on a specific color, and each day we added a page to a color book that we created. On each page students colored pictures of items that could be that specific color, we finished up the book on Friday. To find other things that can be other specific colors; we cut out pictures from magazines and glued them onto a piece of construction paper.
Throughout the week during shared reading we also read color themed related books such as; Bear Sees Colors, White Rabbits’ Color Books, Seven Blind Mice, Pete the Cat, ect. When students had free time they explored the books on their own.