Today was a day that filled my heart with joy! It is really heart warming when children are eager to read out loud and today two of my little male readers really made me smile as they kept on volunteering to read page after page! One little reader even pronounced the word polymerization with absolutely NO hesitation...at just 6 he made Aunty Ari exclaim..."that was really good!" ahhhhh...we had a reading moment.
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, written by Alison Inches, takes the young reader on a wonderful journey from crude oil to a synthetic fleece sweater! A plastic bottle really does have an adventurous life!
After reading we did some writing. Some of my readers were not impressed! "Miss this is vacation...we don't have to write". I had to let them know that the only way they would become better at writing is through practice and that 10 minutes of writing for the day was so little for so much gain. They all completed an assignment suitable for their age and then we had some fun!
We used empty chubby bottles to make sensory bottles. The children chose their own colour glitter and water and they added stars. I honestly thought they would be only slightly impressed but they were so excited to make their very own "snow globes".
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A Drop Around the World takes the reader on an exciting journey through the water cycle. It was therefore no surprise that my readers were all eager to read out loud and made sure that they each got several turns to read.
They were quite amazed that a tiny drop of water could make a journey from Spain to Australia and eventually travel to Japan and end up in England. They enjoyed finding "Drop" on every page and enjoyed his adventures on matador's capes and through the stomachs of animals.
After reading, we discussed the water cycle and all the different forms of water. They then completed a very simple exercise. ( I'm buttering them up for Thursday ;)).
Knowing that my older readers are into science I decided to walk them through making lava lamps with old bottles, water, food colouring and alka-seltzer. Sorry moms and dads your alka -seltzer will probably go missing as these recycling scientist try to keep their lava lamps bubbling!
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