On Friday we celebrated Multicultural Day at SCE. We began our day with a taste testing and storytelling by Robbi Kumalo. In the afternoon we learned about Diwali and painted diyas. After that we rotated through different stations (dancing, music, art, games). We ended the day with a performance by the Columbus Police and Fire's Pipes and Drums.
After reading Hazel's Amazing Mother, we shared some text-to-self connections that we made to the story. Then we went back and labels each connection with a number 1 (it helped us better understand the story/characters) or a number 2 (it was a connection but did not help us better understand the story). We noticed that the connections that helped us better understand the story were connections related to the "big idea" or events, not an item.
This week we used our inquiry skills to investigate pumpkins. Each table had a pumpkin and we observed properties of that pumpkin, as well as the number of lines on it, height, weight and if it sank or floated. On Thursday, we opened up the pumpkins and scooped out the seeds. Then the next day we read How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and counted our seeds in groups of hundreds, tens and ones.
We ended September by sing Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall for morning message each day. During morning message we spend about two weeks working with the same poem or song. In addition to learning the words in the poem/song, we work on word study skills like rhyming and hunk & chunks, as well as math skills (collecting data, graphing, interpreting data). We also put these poems/songs in our poetry binder to work on fluency throughout the year.