It was a magical week in room 124! We continued learning about fairy tales AND had a visit from a leprechaun! We started off the week with our new fairy tale, The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. We watched and read two classic versions, and then read a mixed up version. We compared and contrasted the differences and practiced sequencing the events of the story. On Wednesday, I challenged the students to design and build a bridge for the 3 Billy Goats to cross using popsicle sticks, toothpicks, and gumdrops. It was our hardest STEM challenge to date, but the students did great! They worked together, problem solved, and came up with many ways to get across the river.
The rest of our week centered around our leprechaun, Lucky! He came Monday with a note and left his hat in the ceiling. We wrote him letters and each day he caused some sort of mischief in the classroom such as leaving shamrocks and a pot of gold. We decided we needed to use the gold coins he left to lure him into our leprechaun traps. We first built leprechaun traps out of blocks with our third grade buddies. It was so fun to have them in our room! Then, we plan and built traps out of recycled materials to leave out for the leprechaun. These students worked on their traps for over an hour! There was so much writing, collaborating, compromising, and planning going on.
We were SHOCKED Friday when we realized the leprechaun had left footprints on all of our traps! he also made a big mess; leaving paint and green EVERYWHERE. We celebrated St. Patrick's Day with some fun centers. The students made rainbow twirls out of plates, graphed and ate Lucky Charms, cut and glued a paper rainbow, and made shamrocks out of beads and pipe cleaners. Thank you Jo and Josh for helping out!
Next week, we move on to our next fairy tale...
This week we continued with fairy tales and The Three Little Pigs. We reviewed our favorite versions: Disney's Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs and Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The students chose which was their favorite, and then worked with a partner to create a story map for it. This included characters, setting, dialogue, and sequencing.
The next day we retold a classic version of the story with partners and puppets. The students were then responsible for recording it themselves and uploading it to Seesaw!
We closed out our Three Little Pigs study by creating our own house for the pigs that could stand up to the Big Bad Blow Dryer! The students had to create a blueprint, use at least 3 materials, and follow a list of other rules to build their houses. It was a fun, creative, and collaborative mess!
Math this week focused on shapes. We went outside and practiced identifying 2D shapes. I would describe a shape to the students (for example, this shape has 4 sides and they are all the same size) and then they would have to draw it. We also had shape math centers, talked more about the difference between 2D and 3D shapes, and identified which our 3 Little Pig Houses were.
Next week is all about the 3 Billy Goats and a Leprechaun!
This week we kicked off our Fairy Tale unit! We spent the whole week reading all different versions of The Three Little Pigs.
Before we started reading, we gathered our background knowledge of fairy tales and learned about the story elements of a fairytale:
After reading each story, we went over the characters, setting, problem, solution, and ending. We then compared all the different versions and talked about what was the same and different. Each day, I challenged the students to work in a group to complete a different pig house; sticks, straws, and then bricks. This led to great exploration and conversation about the difference between 2D and 3D shapes, as well as sturdy vs. flimsy materials. It also was a great lesson in perseverance. This knowledge of materials will come in handy next week when the students plan and build a house that will withstand the Big Bad Wolf :)
On Thursday we celebrated Dr. Seuss Day! We kicked off our afternoon with some very special mystery readers... our siblings! They all came in and read to a small group. After, we read Cat in the Hat, did a directed drawing, and wrote about what we would do if the Cat in the Hat came to our house. It was a fun day!
Next week we will diver deeper into The Three Little Pigs as well as shapes.