This week our class completed a pumpkin investigation. We described, measured, and compared our pumpkins, discovered that our pumpkins floated, and then scooped out the seeds and counted them.
On Thursday, Mrs. Kent, our K-3 literacy coach, visited our room and introduced the concept of syllables. She read Tanka Tanka Skunk and we practiced stomping and counting out the syllables in the words. Then she read Rattlebone Rock and we tapped out the syllables of the spooky sounds the characters made. We talked about the difference between phonemes - the sounds in a word - and syllables - the beats in a word.
Each Wednesday in our room is Wonder Wednesday. We read a non-fiction book that is connected to our current read aloud. For example, we are currently reading the book Gooseberry Park. Two of the main characters are a dog and a squirrel, so we have read non-fiction books about squirrels and labrador retrievers. During content time, students get a chance to learn and create based on a wonder they have. Some students are wondering how to create robots out of supplies we have in the room. Some students are researching planets, sports, and animals. Whenever a student has answered the question they asked, then they communicate their learning with the class. This week, one group had asked the question "How can I do a science experiment?". They created a poster with directions and then did the experiment for the class.
In writing workshop, we began writing personal narratives. We talked about how a personal narrative is a true story from our lives. After reading two examples of personal narratives, Owl Moon and Shortcut, we talked about big "watermelon" topics versus "seed stories". While writing, we want to write about the "seed stories", or small moments.