Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Three Sisters Part Two

The completed display-butcher paper, pipe cleaners, hot glue and small burns...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Three Sisters

During November as we learn about Native Americans, especially the Wampanoags, I like to stress how important they were to the survival of the Pilgrims after that first awful winter-another important lesson on working together to build a community.  It was the Wampanoags that introduced corn to the Pilgrims and taught them to best way to plant it.  The Three Sisters are what the Iroquois called corn, beans and squash because they grew well together in a small space.  Another lesson about how most things work better when they work together

I put corn, a small pumpkin and beans in the Science Tub for the kids to see, touch, listen to and smell.  I want them to engage all five senses but I'm not ready for them to taste yet!

In small groups, they have a chance to observe the Three Sisters and record their observations in their Science Journal.  I was able to fit this in to my reading block by putting these items in a literacy center. 

They are using magnifying glasses (Dollar Tree) and color word cards to help record their observations.

I wrote "I observe..." on the board.  They know that ... means finish. this. sentence. 

Science Journal entry.

I observe a pumpkin with stripes. 
I observe a bean.
I observe corn.
"I observe" is copied from the board, the rest of the sentence is sounded out.  I just look for a beginning, middle and ending sound.  This child worked independently but of course, many still need help with this process.

Another day we made our own lifesize version of the Three Sisters.  We rolled green butcher paper for  a corn stalk.

We practiced teamwork and waiting for our turn.

We made a beanstalk by twisting together pipe cleaners and then glued beans onto the stalk.

We rolled yellow construction paper to make the corn and just stuffed it into the top of the stalk.

Next, we rolled orange paper to make the pumpkins and tore the edges of green paper to make their leaves.  We will include this in our hall display.  I will have a photo of the finished project tomorrow!

The next day, we made our Three Sisters page for our Thanksgiving Book.

We use a die cut for Squanto, orange pompoms for the pumpkin, beans and kernels of corn.  We make sure that we color a fish in the soil since this was an important lesson the Pilgrims learned from their new friends.

Lots of glue and concentration.  They work very had to follow directions for this activity. It is a step by step process that requires careful listening.

We label the Three Sisters and include a script.

The last part of this lesson will include a taste test of the Three Sisters.  I will make bean soup, cornbread and bring in a pumpkin pie.  It is important to include all five senses in almost any study for the lesson to truly stick and stay in the five year old mind! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fall on the Hall!

 OK, I have to introduce you to the amazing teachers/friends that I work with at Providence!  I was able to get most of my team in action but still have to snag Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Fowler.  You're next, ladies! 
We all make a Thanksgiving Book but we each include our own favorites. Ms. Potts teaches her students about the type of home the Wampanoags actually lived in.  They make their own for their books and write a sentence with a fact that they learned.

Ms. Potts really works with her class on journal writing and it shows!

So proud of their hard work!

I love how happy they are to show off their work.

Ms. Holzer's class gets detailed with their scientific observations on their class pumpkin.  They paint the paper plates and then label the parts of the pumpkin.  She likes to work on this project in stages.

She made a display in the hall with her pumpkin vines, Stellaluna fruit bats and Spiders in the Web.

Her class will write spider facts and include this page in a Fall Science Book.
Mrs. Booker's class estimated the circumference of their class pumpkin and checked to see who came the closest in length.

Mrs. Johnson's class made Number Turkeys!

Mrs. Johnson always has something up her sleeve...I was walking by her room during my planning time and noticed her entire class sitting on the carpet QUIETLY listening.  They were playing Silent Bingo using initial consonants and loving it!

So quiet...I mean you could hear a pin drop.  Even when I rudely came back with my camera and interrupted the whole process!

Just another fun way to learn those initial sounds.

The cover of her Thanksgiving Book.

I had to include a photo of her huge Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree!