Friday, July 11, 2014

TD Summer Reading Club Week 1: Ages 7 and 8

We had quick discussion about gardens at the beginning: about who has a garden and what it takes for a garden to grow! We talked about how every plant needs water, soil, sun and good attention to keep healthy. We talked about the different things that we can find in a garden like flowers, tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries and other fruit and vegetables. We then read our first story:
Too Many Chickens by Paulette Bourgeois and Bill Slavin

After we read “Too Many Chickens” we discussed about our own class pets. They have taken care of everything from a gerbil to a bearded dragon in their classes!

We also read Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

We then played a game to see if everyone knew their fruit and vegetables, the children all decided that corn is the best vegetable because you can make popcorn from the kernels!

I then challenged them even further in their fruit/vegetable knowledge by giving them a riddle and getting them to guess what I was talking about. Here are the riddles we figured out today in the program!
I’m round red and juicy, too                                                   
Chop me up in a salad                                                            
Or dump me in your stew,                  
What am I?      

Chop me up and slice me,                                                      
But keep a tissue near.                                                           
I sometimes get a bit juicy                                                      
And can bring on a few tears                         
What am I?                                                                              

Orange is my colour,                                                              
I stand long and lean.                                                             
In the garden you will see                                                       
Just my leaves of green.                                                           
What am I?      

I live in a pod
With so many others.
I think I was born
With one hundred brothers
What am I?

I have eyes for perfection
To give you my very best.
Baked, mashed, or French fried,
I’ll pass any test.
What am I?

My friends call me trees,
Now that’s a funny name,
Though I am dark, dark, green
With stalks just the same.
What am I?       

The last story we read was Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming:

We moved into our activity of our grass headed man! We used plastic cups, googly-eyes and pipe cleaners for the face and we decorated our cups with stickers and foam cut outs! We then put soil and grass seeds in the cup and gave them a light sprinkle of water. 

If you are looking for some other great gardening books to read, here are some suggestions!

Next week we will be exploring the land of music! Our theme is March to the beat of your own drum.

Don’t forget to bring in your reading notebook next time, with all your readings from the past week so you can enter into the weekly prize. The prize will be drawn Friday at 4:00!