Whenever the Cat in the Hat explains something there is guaranteed excitement!
This Cat in the Hat Learning Series book by Bonnie Worth explains so many things about a group of animals called cetaceans (sih-TAY-shunz). A word some of my little readers had some difficulty pronouncing initially but, by the end of the class most were able to pronounce and spell it without any assistance!
After reading the book I asked each reader what they learned. The picture on the right lists all the answers they gave me. We had a very lively discussion!
Instead of asking my young readers write about everything they learned from the book I thought this book presented an excellent opportunity to speak to my readers about puns.
"Miss...you mean P O N D??"
"No P U N!"
I then explained that a pun is a play on words and the title of this book was a good illustration! This is a story or a "tale" about whales...but if you look at the cover you see a whale tail....and of course one reader shouted...Miss...they are homonyms - tale and tail! ( *big smile)!
We then liken a whale of a tale to a tall tale! I gave an example of a tall tale and set my readers to work to write tall tales of their own!
Well...let's just say...superman has been to San Fernando Hill!!
Take a look at the whales they drew at Arty Pants Studio.
OH! I almost forgot! My 8 to 10 year olds WILL NOT accept that this as Science week unless we do an experiment! So I did a little demonstration....tomorrow we will see if our cup with water, oil and rubbing alcohol looks the same!
I have to mention that when I asked why the liquids behaved they way they did when we poured them in the cup one little guy said..."different intensities" I LOVE KIDS!
Don't worry moms and dads...now he knows its all about DENSITY!