27 February 2017
Last week, we ended our discussion on zoo animals by discussing about animals with spots and stripes; focusing on giraffes, cheetahs, tigers and zebras. We identified which animals have spots and stripes. Then we painted both large and small giraffes, learning the words “spots” and “dots”. We made spots by tearing paper into small pieces and glueing them for our big giraffe and painting small dots with cotton swabs for our small giraffe. We reviewed the word “tall”, in the discussion about giraffes, and identified things that are tall. In order to make our tall giraffes, we tore a lot of brown paper into small pieces and glued them onto our giraffes. When learning about giraffes, we tried to stand and pretend to drink water like a giraffe. It was hard! We learned that giraffes have very long tongues and could even eat plants with thorns! Next, we learned about stripes and painted zebras and tigers. When learning about tigers, we had to be careful when saying whether it was a tiger or a lion. We learned that unlike the small cats, tigers are good swimmers. In the math centre, we sorted out animals with spots and stripes. Most of us could separate the two well.
After learning about so many zoo animals, we were ready to go on our field trip to Safari World. It was the first field trip for most of us. On the bus, we all cooperated and had our seat belts on while we traveled on the road. In Safari World we saw lots of animals. We couldn’t help but scream with delight every time we saw an animal come near our van. We were excited to see the camels cross the road right in front of our van. We also saw tigers swimming in the pond and zebras eating grass. Although we only looked at the animals from the bus, this exciting experience did tire us out, and most of us fell asleep on the way back while the rest who still had energy talked all the way back. After we came back, we looked at pictures from our trip, and told a story about it which we are now making into a book. Please come and look at our book when it will be ready this week for Book Week.
This week is ‘Book Week’ which we will also start our new theme on “Stories We Like”. We will be focusing on books written and illustrated by Eric Carle who is a famous children’s book author. Please come and be our secret reader and read your child’s favourite book to the class. Details about Book Week can be found on the letter for Book Week.