This morning my little readers listened to The Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland. This story narrates the life of a very loving bear who hugged everything he saw, even things bears usually eat!
The bear loved hugging trees most of all and when he saw a woodcutter chop the oldest tree in the forest he became full of anger. As the bear was about the bite the woodcutter he decided he would hug him instead. Of course, the woodcutter was not accustomed being hugged by bears and so after the bear let him go he ran away leaving the bear to hug the chopped tree.
The children eagerly answered all the questions posed to them about the book! We discussed why trees are important and then moved on to a simple exercise. Since we planted on Monday I decided I would let the kids make a toy robot..... from recycled materials of course!
The journey of a plastic grocery bag from the landfill to a small store is mapped out in Bag in the Wind by Ted Kooser. This book was a little longer than the other books we read at camp thus far but the children were eager to read it! These older imaginators are really eager to read out loud and even asked my opinion on their reading skills. I gave them some tips about intonation and using the right pauses when they encountered various punctuation marks. My readers were eager to try out the tips I gave them and their effort alone made me very proud.
After reading the book we moved on to a simple worksheet. The girls were excited to write...the boys well...lol! The important thing is that they all completed the exercise!
My older readers insisted that they wanted to make something other than robots....lol...so I handed them empty water bottles, pipe cleaners, foil, glue, beady eyes and let them use their imagination! The results were interesting! They have to complete their creative toy tomorrow, Fun, Fix It Friday!
Check out what was done at Arty Pants Studio.