Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cranberry Craze!

I'm so excited to now have all my posts tagged so that you can find things more easily!  Today, we continued our Harvest studies, focusing on cranberries, including dissecting cranberries, making pictures with their juice (as the Native Americans did to dye their clothing, rugs, etc.), and making Cranberry-Orange Bread.  We then continued our 'Our Bodies' study, paying close attention to bones and teeth.  Here are today's photos:

The 'K' page of our letter book ...
 Dissecting a cranberry ...
 The inside of a cranberry!  Note the seeds and the 4 little pockets in a cross pattern.  This is where air stays trapped and what keeps the berry afloat in the bogs!
 Tasting.  It was no more than a second later when she was spitting it out!  So bitter!
 Making pictures with the crushed cranberries, just as the Native Americans did!
 Time to make Cranberry-Orange Bread!
 2 cups of flour ...
 Adding the orange juice ...
 Beating the egg ...
 Adding our chopped cranberries to the mix ...
 Ready to bake!
 Snack time!
 We learned a bit about the skeleton today.  Here, she is adding Q-tip sticks (minus the cotton puffs) to the skeleton for his/her long bones.

For the rundown, today, we:
Letter 'K':
1. We did the 'K' page of our letter book.
1. We read 'The Thank-You Pie' story in our High Five magazine, November 2010.
2. We read 'The Adventures of Spot' comic strip in our High Five magazine, December 2010 (about wind in the Fall).
3. We discussed the history of cranberries and what the Native Americans used them for … food, medicine, dye, etc. (Interesting fact: the cranberry gets its name from the Pilgrims, who called them 'crane-berries' because the flowers of the cranberry plants resemble the heads of cranes.)
4. We read Cranberries by William Jaspersohn.
5. We read The Legend of the Cranberry: A Paleo-Indian Tale by Ellin Greene.
6. We dissected a cranberry and observed the same, then made pictures using cranberry juice from crushed cranberries, as the Native Americans did when they dyed their clothing, etc.
7. We made Cranberry-Orange Bread together.
Our Bodies/Bones and Teeth:
1. We read Bones by Stephen Krensky.
2. We read My Bones by Carol K. Lindeen.
3. We read Bones by Megan Duhamel.
4. We read The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss.
5. We listened to Sesame Street's, The Count's, 'Bones Inside of You' song (from 1978).  (I love it!)  Here are the lyrics:

                      Bones Inside of You
                      (sung by The Count, Sesame Street)
                      Feel your fingers, feel your toes
                      Grab your elbow, pinch your nose
                      Touch your ankle, tap your knees
                      Give your chin a little squeeze
                      You'll feel something hard inside
                      And it cannot be denied
                      What you feel seems hard as stone
                      And it's something called the bone

                      Oh there are bones, bones, bones, bones
                      Bones inside of you
                      Bones, bones, bones, bones
                      More than just a few
                      So many you can count them
                      Amazing but it's true
                      There are bones, bones, bones, bones
                      Bones inside of you

                      There are bones inside your hand
                      In your feet to help you stand
                      In your elbow and your heel
                      Lots of lovely bones to feel
                      Though your bones are hard to see
                      Still you have them just like me
                      They are not outside but in
                      Yes they're underneath your skin

                      Now, when you put all those bones together, you may come
                      up with something we call a skeleton. Remember that word,
                      it's one of my favorites. And now, boys and girls, I will tell you
                      what happens if you didn't have any bones ...

                      If you had no bones at all
                      Then you couldn't run or crawl
                      And you couldn't stand up straight
                      Or eat dinner off your plate
                      Without bones we'd all fall down
                      Just like puddles on the ground
                      Just like melted ice-cream cones
                      If we didn't have our bones


6. We watched the 'A Brush with Teeth' episode on our Sid the Science Kid: Feeling Good Inside and Out DVD.
7. We learned the names of the different teeth (incisors, canines, molars) and how those teeth help chew different types of food.  (For example, soft foods, like bananas, can be bitten with our incisors, while hard foods, like carrots, must be bitten with our canines.)
8. We watched 'The Skeleton Dance' song and dance video on You Tube.
9. We observed coloring pages of the human skeleton, then glued on Q-tip sticks (minus the puffs) to simulate bones.
1. We watched the Sesame Street Telling the Truth DVD that we borrowed from the library.

Tomorrow, we'll be learning more about Pilgrims, along with a short study of Nutrition and Exercise (we'll be delving into this in depth in the Spring) for our 'Our Bodies' curriculum.  Check back with us!

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