Friday, December 9, 2011

Holidays Around the World

What a busy week it has been!  We visited Italy, Mexico, Germany, and Sweden all in just five days!

We learned about how Los Posados is celebrated in Mexico.  We did a shared writing about what we had learned and made poinsettias.  We also learned that boys and girls get to break piñatas during this celebration.  We were jealous! :)

We googled how to say "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"  in German.
"Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr"
We also added to our "Holiday Customs Around the World" flip book.  We have done this for every country we have studied.  

During our shared reading time this week, we have been learning about identifying problems and solutions.  We read Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini.  It is a funny story about a Moose with a giant mustache who was decorating his house for the holidays.  The problem was that he forgot all about the Christmas tree and it was Christmas Eve.  Moose wasn't able to find a tree anywhere, so he decided to be the tree!  He let his family decorate his mustache with ornaments and lights.  It was such a fun book to read!  Here is a picture of the story map that we filled in about Mooseltoe.  

On Thursday, our classroom was filled with the sweet smell of vanilla icing and gumdrops as we decorated our gingerbread houses!  

First, we had to spread the icing.  

Then, we added our candy decorations.  

They all turned out so well!  Here is a picture of our Gingerbread Village.  They couldn't wait to take them home and share them with you!  

Thank you to all our wonderful parents who sent in items for our gingerbread houses!  We are looking forward our Holiday Workshop next week!  Have a great weekend!  

Ms. Crowley :)  

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