We started the week with Pumpkin Day. We did all sorts of pumpkin activities. The kids had fin, they weren't too crazy and it was a nice to day to carve the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.
We spent the rest of the week learning a bit about corn. And when I say a bit, I mean a bit. Teaching about the "fun stuff" has ended up with teaching just enough that the kids had fun, they learned something and we still got the real important stuff done. For our poem this week, we read a poem I wrote about a scarecrow. I read some scarecrow stories after lunch as well and we talked about what scarecrows do for farmers. On Friday, we did a 2 part, all day project. It was so much fun and they turned out so darn cute! Take a peek for yourself!
I gave them a choice of some scrapbook paper for the shirts, then we made the pants, the hat and the head and put them all together. Here is our wall of scarecrows. No birds are getting into our room!
We also learned a bit about corn. We talked about Indian Corn and how the kernals are different colored. So, we made our own Indian Corn to hang up for the next 2 weeks.
We have been working all year long on the personal narrative. Here is the last step in the process. I made the chart and hope the kids will follow it.
This last week and this week, we have been enjoying the stories by Karma Wilson. I absolutely love the Bear books. I have some at school and some at home that I have taken to school for the weeks. We are making a mini author study chart to use with the stories. I hope the kids get something from it, but at least we are having fun with the stories. I have noted in my yearly plan to use these with Seasonsnext year since they will tie in nicely.
As I mentioned, we had some rain Friday. It rained all day at school, which is fine, but the kids were a bit wild from it. It was 90 earlier in the week, so I don't know why they are nutty when it's only 54. Hmmm. Here is a view outside the classroom and in the parking lot to show what it looks like on a CA rainy day! Enjoy!
On tap for this week...not really sure. We are finishing up some stuff and will venture into Thanksgiving learning I think. We have a 3 day week this week, then 5 days next week and then we are off for the week. November is a very busy month, but there are lots of times to rest, as well. If I get rambunctious and make something blog-worthy, I will post it for anyone reading who would like a freebie. I am tired of seeing all the cute stuff that costs money. Time to put my not-so-creative mind to work! Happy Sunday!