Apple Day (day 4)
Today we got to make our Apple Happy books. I had each child read with either me or my assistant and we stamped their books when we were done. It was also very cute to hear them–some of my more vocal children were very quiet when reading and some of the soft spoken ones were very loud and proud that they could read. It is interesting to see those levels of certainty even at this age! 🙂
On to Apple Day…
We read our “I like ______ apples.” chart again today and this time I cut apart the sentences for the children to read. I write them on a sentence strip and cut them apart. I then ask the student belonging to the sentence to pick “x” number of boys and girls to hold the other words in their sentences. I mix them up pretty good and we have to put the sentence back in order. The children love to hear the silly sentences read aloud when they are all mixed up. I love this activity because it has so many wonderful literacy skills embedded in it, but also at the beginning of the year, it’s a great way to get to know each other’s names. In my classroom, we use the children’s names to tell each other the children that need to switch places to get the words in the correct order. “Susie has “like” and needs to switch with Jon, who has “the””.
I also have the children use necklaces occasionally to hold their word cards if I see they are getting to mangled being held.
We also FINALLY got around to making our pattern block apples:
Tomorrow we will experiment with apples to see if they sink or float and if there is a difference between colors and sizes. Of course, we will make predictions first and then see what happens. We didn’t get to use the balances today, but I’ve penciled in time to make it happen tomorrow!