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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 30- More Underpants

Aliens and underpants- could the day get any greater?
Today's special book was Aliens Love Underpants.
Far beyond the Milky Way, there are planets filled with beings that are obsessed with Underpants! They have statues built to underpants! Books and magazines for underpants! And, last but not least, an underpants radar that knows when there have been fresh underpants put outside to dry in someone's backyard!

This book built on to our adjective lesson this week. First made aliens, then made underpants that our aliens wanted to steal.
To make our alien bodies, I had the students trace their shoe on a piece of paper. This way I knew that they would have a decent sized alien to work with. I put a 'helper sentence' on the board for students to use. Some of my students didn't need it, and they went crazy writing interesting, detailed sentences about their aliens and underpants.
The blanks are for their adjectives.
The aliens and their underpants will be in the hallway Monday- come check them out! I forgot to take pictures before I left for the day, so I'll get the pictures of them in the hall. 

I did remember to get a video of us singing our Over in the Meadow poem, thanks to our camerawoman, Ms. Hancock! (I'll get a picture of her one of these days.)
video
It's like we're professionals!
Then we went over our Pig poem and pulled out the adjectives and vocabulary words. I really think they are getting the adjective thing. I already have a center activity for next week that will review adjectives, and finding details, while we work on nouns. 

In math we practiced "turn and talk", where students turn their bodies to face their partners and talk about a certain topic. This might not sound too difficult, but trying to get 6 year olds to talk in-depth about mathematical problems is like trying to herd cats; they all want to go their own way and not worry about anyone else. We did prove that it is not impossible. Everyone worked with their partners and our topic was "Missing Numbers". 

I gave them a number to show with their fingers. They held up their hands and showed them to their partner. Then I had them hide one of their hands behind their backs and the partner had to figure out which number was missing. Success! 
Maybe it wasn't the most in-depth math talk of all time, but the students were engaged and able to explain how they came up with their answers. With enough practice, these kids will become the most mathematically insightful 6 year old students of all time!

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