Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fun on the Farm!

Before I share about our fun on the farm, here is a picture from our big performance Tuesday night!  They were so excited and did a wonderful job!  I wasn't able to take pictures during the performance, so if you have any, please share!  :)  

This week our learning focused around farms and farm animals.  We began our study by brainstorming what we knew about farms.  During writing we read nonfiction books about farm animals and filled in tree maps.  We used the tree maps to help us write sentences about each animal.  I forgot to take pictures of the books they worked so hard on, but I am sure they shared them with you all!  

In shared reading we read classic farm tales like "The Little Red Hen" and "Mrs. Wishy Washy".  We focused on retelling and sequencing events.  After reading "The Little Red Hen" we used story props to retell the story.  We also filled out a story map.  Here are some pictures from our retelling.  They did a great job!  

On Friday during math, we took a break from our fact families and graphed our favorite farm animals.  Here is the graph and recording sheet we completed.  Horses definitely won!  

On Friday, we learned about cows and all the things they give us.  To end our week of farm animal fun, we made ice cream!  Thanks to Deanna Jump for this great recipe!  
First we had to mix all of our ingredients together.  We mixed sugar, vanilla, vanilla pudding, evaporated milk, and milk together.  We talked about liquids and the properties of a liquid.  

Next, we put a little bit of our mixture into a ziploc bag.  We put that bag into a gallon sized bag with salt and ice in it.  Then we shook it.  And boy did they shake it!  

After just a few minutes, our liquid mixture had turned into ice cream!  Yum!  

We had so much fun this week learning about farms and farm animals.  Next week we will learn about Earth Day and vegetables!  
We also have our Cinderella field trip on Monday!  I can't wait! 

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