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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Eric Carle Week

This week we have spotlighted one of my favorite author/ illustrators, Eric Carle.  Usually I save this unit of fun and learning for March, but I was ready to dive into the wealth of learning possibilities all of his books has to offer.  In fact I may stretch it into next week's math lessons just to help our concepts of counting, measuring and graphing. 

Monday we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We focused on the life cycle process and sequencing the story.  We made these cute caterpillar chains.  Each link of the chain has a picture and label of each phase of the cycle.  We also watched the animated version I have on DVD of the story. 

Tuesday we read "The Very Grouchy Ladybug".  If you're not familiar with the story, each page has a small clock and the story follows a time line.  We used this book to double-up on our math concepts through making "grouchy clocks".  First we colored both sides of a paper plate.  Next we glued a clock face page I found in my file of "what-nots" onto the paper plate.  Using brads and two paper arrows we fasend the minute and hour hands to the plate.  Children cut black circles from construction paper to decorate the back of the clock.  They were placed in a center for easy access.  We need student clocks in our classroom.  Since money is scarce we have made our own for the remainder of the year.
Wednesday (today) we read all three bear books; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Polar Bear and Panda Bear, Panda Bear.  Using compare and contrast skills we focused on Brown Bear and Panda Bear.  Next we listened to Polar Bear on Cd and youtube.com.  Lastly, each child wrote their own page of a story in the same style as these three books.  Example, Mrs. Nation, Mrs Nation What did you see?  I saw a Robin Bird looking at me.  The children then drew a detailed picture of the animal they chose.

Thursday and Friday I have similar projects planned through the books "The Greedy Python, The Foolish Tortoise and The Very Busy Spider"
Eric Carle's Website:www.eric-carle.com/home.html

Khol's stores are selling a few of Carle's books and plush toys for only $5.00 right now.  What a deal!

1 comment:

  1. Cute Mrs. Nation!! Miss you! Post more pictures :)

    Crouse :)