Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Desert Day

Welcome to our second week of First Grade!  This week, we will learn about weather and deserts.  We will also be doing another FIAR book, Mrs. Katz and Tush, but you will have to wait until the end of the week for that post (I like to put it all in one).
Today's weather study was a general one, just getting used to some of the terminology and such.  Over the next two weeks, we'll be getting into more specifics, for example, tomorrow, we'll study sunny weather.  To start this two-week series we read The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? All About Weather by Tish Rabe (I cannot rave enough about these books!) ...
 ... and Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons.
After our reading, I gave her a little weather coloring book and weather stickers to do what she wanted with them.  (I've often found that letting her come up with some of her own activities keeps her motivated and excited about what we are learning.)  She said, "I'm making a weather book.  You'll see soon."  Funny girl.
Today, I realized that I never had mentioned on the blog something we use often in Math ... dominoes!  These are a great resource when Maggie is working on some of her equations!  Try them!  
We have started studying landforms in Geography.  Last week, we covered the polar regions, glaciers, ice shelves, and icebergs.  This week, we talk about all things desert.  (Although, did you know Antarctica is considered a desert?  It is, because of the lack of rainfall there!)
  To start our study, we read Deserts by Gail Gibbons (my favorite children's nonfiction author!) ...
 ... Deserts: Thirsty Wonderlands by Laura Purdie Salas ...
 ... At Home in the Desert by Sharon Gordon ...
... and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry? All About Deserts by Tish Rabe.
We found deserts on our landforms poster ...
... and then got to work on a craft!  The idea for this craft was found at http://applesandabcs.blogspot.com/2012/06/ole-cacti-anyone.html, using blue, brown, green, and yellow construction paper, scissors, glue, and rice.  First, cut a sun from the yellow paper, cut cactus shapes from the green, and tear your brown piece, lengthwise, to make "sand" for adhering onto your blue background.
 Then, glue your pieces into place.  (After Maggie adhered her sand, she took a brown crayon and added some extra "dots" to give it some depth.)
 Once all of your pieces are placed, add dots of your glue to your cacti for the rice to adhere to.  (The rice are your cacti's spines!)
 Very cute!
 And, for our last desert activity, today, we completed an entry in our journal.  (I love her illustration!)
The rest of today's work was part of our FIAR study, but you'll have to wait for the weekend for that post!  Check back with us tomorrow!   :)

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