We had a great time on Scarecrow Day! We read an awesome story by Margaret Wise Brown called The Little Scarecrow Boy. This story is about a little boy who wants to scare crows just like his Dad. He learns to make very scary scarecrow faces and goes out to try to scare away some crows. We made our own version of the story. The children made six different pictures of scary scarecrow faces that they were able to slide through the scarecrow face and retell the story. I was so proud of these guys who sat down together to share their books with each other. They did a great job reading their books!
There were a lot of scary scarecrow faces. They worked very hard on their books!
We also learned about a new app on the iPad called Doodle Buddy. This is a really superb app that we will be using a great deal! The children experimented with the drawing tools to make scarecrows. I demonstrated the app using our new Promethean Board. I can attach the iPad to the board with a special cable and the screen is projected on the board. It was cute because the children didn’t initially understand that I was drawing the picture on the iPad and they thought that the board was drawing the picture! Eventually they caught on and then I had the students take over the demonstration!
We also did some scarecrow cooking. We made scarecrow faces and ate them up. The children decorated a rice cake using cream cheese as the “glue” to put the features on the rice cake. They used red pepper for the smile, a carrot for the nose, celery for the eyebrows, banana slices and craisins for the eyes, and alfalfa sprouts for the hair. Most of the children enjoyed this yummy treat or at least some parts of it! Many thanks to Carter B.’s mom for helping to supervise this activity!
We also made another scarecrow book, made some scarecrow art, and learned to do the scarecrow dance! (the chicken dance) It was fun to dress up for the day! We took lots of pictures to share with you! Lots of fun and lots of learning too!
We have been having a lot of fun learning to use our new Promethean Board and learning to read at the same time! I have been learning how to use the board. While learning about the board and all the neat things we are going to be able to do with it, I found this really neat set of pages called Cut Up Sentences that lets the children move words around the screen to make up sentences.
We have been having a lot of fun with this one and the children really like coming up to the board and moving the tiles into the correct order!
I made a set for the children to use on their own. They have been having a lot of fun creating sentences with their own word tiles and then sharing them with each other.
We have also used the Promethean Board to do our addition stories together. I was able to create a copy of the assignment we were working on the board and then we filled in the equations together! The students created the math stories on their work spaces using our skeleton and spider manipulatives and then we recorded the corresponding equations.
The children were very keen to have a turn writing the addition sentence on the big screen!
We did a lot of math together!
We made these special bat poems! We learned about a lot of different kinds of bats. The children completed a poem about bats with their favorite types of bats. We watched a really cool National Geographic Kids video about the flying fox bat. Take a look!
The students have been creating additional Popplets on the iPads! Here are a few more examples! Many thanks to Abrielle’s Mom who for helping the students with this project!
We also had a lot of fun creating these count-up Haunted House stories. The children chose from a variety of Halloween foam stickers and created their own count-up story to match the haunted house! They did a great job!
We had a lovely time on Halloween! Thank you to all the parents who were able to help with this round of stations!
I hope the Dracula/Mummy cans were not too noisy! The children really enjoyed them! I have a group shot of all of them making the noise together and a video too! We are using the clips to make a special project that I will send home to you soon!
Mr. Brick alias the Minion came to dance with us in the morning to the Happy Song! Too much fun!
Definitely a Happy Halloween!