Before venturing outside, we talked about what Earth is-we talked about how it's a planet in space and lots of people and other things live on it. O.B instantly made a connection to other planets from Star Wars! I passed around a globe and pointed out where we lived on it!
Armed with our clipboards, we took our classroom outdoors to sketch, explore and observe the variety of beautiful things that come from nature. Ask your child tonight, what things he/she found in nature! I absolutely loved how after our outdoor excursion, the students came in using the word "nature" frequently.
|D.K and G.S talk about their sketches|
|O.B, G.A, A.R and J.A sketch their natural surroundings|
|Looking closely at the trees, dandelions and grass|
|G.P sketches the dandelions|
|We stopped by the rock garden to look closely at the rocks, D.K said there's "sparkles" in the rocks|
|G.A sketching a rock|
|A.K picked up a branch to sketch|
|our outdoor classroom|
|T.S and G.S were talking about how these leaves feel like "rubber"|
|K.W quietly sketches nature|
We did some interactive writing today and created a list together of the things we saw! During interactive writing, we all stretch out the word together and take turns coming up to the paper to write the letter that correlated with the sound. Sometimes with quiet sounds (like the y in butterfly), I help the students out but otherwise this writing is completely theirs!
Tomorrow, we will begin our nature boxes! :)