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.
After a discussion of the tooth traditions students learned about at last week's class, the interview homework was shared with groups and as a class. There are some great traditions in our families!
To continue our discussion of Children Like Me, students listened to the story How My Parents Learned to Eat. In the story, a child shares the differences that were faced by her parents when they first met, particularly in how they ate a meal. Students worked on using chopsticks to pick up an assortment of foods - animal crackers, oatmeal squares cereal and hard candies. We will continue our discussion after Spring Break and bring closure to relate this to our look at Children Like Me.
I have been called up to do my part for PARCC testing. There is a silver lining...there is a substitute in the building who has agreed to pull my groups for me so they won't miss any time! : )
Students will be learning about the what children from around the world do when they lose a tooth. Ask your child to tell you about the "tooth traditions" in other countries.
To continue talking about traditions, students have brought home homework that you can do together. They should conduct an interview to find out about a tradition in your family.
After reviewing our discussion of If the World Were a Village and our work last week representing the world's population on a 100s chart, we moved on to looking at the world map. We identified the seven continents and color-coded them with the population shown on the 100s chart. Students discussed the relationships they saw when looking at the 100s chart and the world map side by side. The lesson wrapped up with students being given their first journal entry.
***I encourage you to review the contents of the CEU folder with your child and to discuss what was done in class. However, please return all papers to the folder when finished so that we are able to access past work if needed.
Students in Ms. Byle's and Ms. Kasda's class met today for an introductory session to the Children Just Like Me CEU. We read the beginning of the story If the World Were a Village and represented the world using a simple 100's chart. We will continue our session next week.