We read the book My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me by Maya Angelou. Students discussed the similarities and differences between them and Thandi, the main character in the book. As a closing class activity, they reflected in their journal on what type of animal, if they had to pick one, they would choose to be their best friend (Thandi's best friend in the book was a chicken.)
We completed our spice activity today. Students finished their rotations and then learned the spices that were actually at each rotation. Everyone predicted the cinnamon station correctly! Class wrapped up with students writing a reflection in their journal.
Once again we learned about how children around the world are very much like us. We read the book Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley. In the book, a neighborhood is very diverse with families from many different cultures. However, as a child travels to each home at dinnertime, she learns that each family is cooking rice for dinner, but the rice has been prepared differently, utilizing different spices. Upon returning to her own home, she finds that her family is having rice for dinner as well.
As an activity after the reading and discussion, students moved through stations "wafting" the smell of a variety of spices. Students needed to predict the spice based on a previous discussion of the spice's aroma. Unfortunately, we did not have time to finish so we will continue next week.
Students have a small assignment for homework this week. In their journal, they need to complete Journal #3 (from our previous lesson) by explaining what they found to be the most difficult part of using chopsticks. The responses will be due at our next class.