As we continue on with our day & night unit we read the story “Happy Birthday Moon” and talked about the cycles of the moon for each month. Then we made a birthday cake for the moon and put candles with the months in the right order. We also learned about nocturnal animals and made pine-cone owls.
With our theme Those Nearest and Dearest / People All Around, People Up and Down; we’ve talking about what it means to be a good friend. Good friends share and care for each other! We recently read a story called The Little Red Hen, and in this story Hen works on making bread. For each step of making bread she asked her friends; Goose, Pig, and Cat if they would help her. Each time her friends refused to help.
At the end of the story Hen ate the bread all by herself because her friends didn’t help make the bread. We had a class discussion on if Hen should have let her friends eat the bread anyways. Some students said she should have let her friends eat the bread because her friends might be hungry. They said she wasn’t a good friend either by not taking care of them. Other students said she shouldn’t have to give them bread because the animals didn’t help make it.
Then we made a check-list chart and had students individually check whether they thought ‘yes’ Hen should have let her friends eat the bread, or ‘no’ Hen should not have let her friends eat the bread.
Then students filled out their own individual check list (by copying the one we filled out as a class) and counted how many said ‘yes’ and how many said ‘no’. They decided what was the answer that most people said in the class.
NOTE: The worksheet said ‘Did the Little Red Hen do the Right Thing?’, but I had posed the question “Should Hen have let her friends eat the bread?”. I had noticed that as I was doing the lesson, so I had to clear that up with the students.
We have been working on numbers up to 12, and moving onto our next topic in Math; comparing and ordering numbers. So for our introduction lesson each student received a picture of a dinosaur with numbers 1-10 on the bottom of the dinosaur.
Students were directed to cut the numbers into puzzle pieces and they mixed up the numbers.
After students mixed up the numbers they reassembled the numbers onto a piece of construction paper and glued them onto the paper.