On Thursday, we talked about how animals make animal tracks and prints especially in the winter. We read:
The book is a great way to introduce animal prints and depicts a variety of animal prints! It also calls on the students to become nature detectives by using the clues left by animals through their tracks!
Using air-dry clay and toothpicks, the class got to create their own animal tracks!
Here are some of the completed animal tracks:
|J.C's frog tracks|
|G.S' turkey tracks|
|D.K's eagle and bird tracks|
|K.M made reindeer tracks, J.M created cat tracks, G.A made rabbit tracks|
Special thank you to O.B's mom, who donated a wonderful bear costume for our dramatic play center. It's a great addition to the cave/dens!
|J.M pretending to a bear getting ready to hibernate|
Following the assembly, we worked on creating patterned candy canes and garlands! We reviewed patterns and everyone's become experts at creating them!
|T.S created a brown and orange patter on his candy cane|
|K.M created a red and white candy cane|
|D.K strings green and red lifesaver candies for a garland|
|These girls work together to make a purple and red garland|
Next week, we will be learning about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. We'll be making Kwanzaa bracelets on Monday and cooking latkas on Tuesday (which will also be the first day of the festival of lights). We'll be adding a 2D menorah to our class, which we will light each day of Hanukkah. We will also have 2D Kwanzaa lights too! We will also be beginning our miniature cave creation project with clay.
We will be reviewing the letters W and Y.
Thursday, we will be building gingerbread houses. We have D.K and O.B's mom coming in to volunteer that day. Friday, we will be creating gingerbread people and T.S and O.B's mom coming in to help. Please let me know if you would still like to come in to volunteer. Kacey's younger sister will be joining us one of those days to help out as well.