Friday, March 4, 2011

Great Artists

From Eric Carle

We began our Eric Carle study on the 100th day of school by reading “1, 2, 3 To The Zoo” The children made their own zoo trains and wrote about what their favorite animal at the zoo was (and why). We integrated our learning about Eric Carle by mathematically solving how many animals were driven to the zoo, writing about our favorite zoo animals, playing dominoes with Eric Carle animals and playing “Go Fish” with our Eric Carle number cards.

On Wednesday we began making our own Very Hungry Caterpillars (what a learning experience that is!). The children watched a video where Eric Carle taught them how to make a caterpillar just like his. We then painted tissue (not nearly as easy as Eric Carle makes it seem), drew our caterpillars (ours were WAY cuter than his) and cut out and traced our templates. We also wrote about why the caterpillar was still so hungry. Lily said it best with “because he didn’t want the story to end.” so true!

On Friday we read “A House For Hermit Crab”. During the story we discussed if and why hermit crab was a good friend and how his feelings changed throughout the story. We then learned about habitats and got to create our own imaginary creatures and the habitats they lived in. The children also decorated their own hermit crabs and drew the habitat surrounding a hermit crab.
All is all it was a wonderful and busy week! I hope we can keep it up!

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