As we continue to learn about fall and about harvest we read Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter. We then created a circle map about fall and talked about where we learned it from? We also then wrote about things we can see in the fall.
In the afternoon we took a berry picking trip to celebrate the way we harvest in Shaktoolik, ate cranberry muffins made from berries I picked previously. We really enjoyed experiencing picking berries, seeing fall colors in the bushes on the tundra and tasting the sweet muffins!
Also our teacher aide, Amanda, found mussu (an edible root found out on the tundra). She taught our students how to harvest the mussu and we all had a taste!
With our new unit on Friends and Family we had a class discussion on things good friends do, the class helped me fill out a bubble map on friends.
Then we red a story about a character that had three friends. The story is called The Little Red Hen the version that is by Teacher Created Materials. The character dialogue is easily memorized by the students and they enjoy hearing be read aloud with teacher ‘acting out’ the goose, the cat, and the pig.
After we read the story we recalled the things we illustrated in our bubble map on friends and I asked the students if the goose, the cat, and the pig were good friends. I referred the students were we talked about how good friends help each other. To retell the story printed out character cards and action cards and students had fun acting out the dialogue and remember the sequence of making the bread.
For writing in one of our centers students completed a sentence by practicing writing the sight word ‘my’ and writing a friends name. Then they illustrated a picture of them with their friend.