"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We are All the Same...We are All Different

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King!
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrated how we are the same and how we are different. We talked about peace and being kind to everyone, a simple summary of Dr. King's message. After reading We are All Alike...We are All Different

we used water color paint to paint on people shapes of different people colors to illustrate that even though we're not all the same color, we can all be friends and be kind to one another.
I have a dream...
We read some of Dr. King's speech about his dreams for the world. 
We talked about dreams. Things like, what is my dream for when I grow up? What is my dream for the world? What can I do to change the world?
We wrote our dreams on "cloud" shapes and then glued on some cotton balls to make it look like a dream...
I can dream like Martin Luther King...
To further illustrate  our theme of "We are All Alike...We are All Different", we did two different experiments. One was with m & m's. 
They're all different colors on the outside, like all of the people in The Colors of Us
they all were the same or tasted the same on the inside. We did the same thing with eggs. We had some gorgeous cage-free eggs whose colors reminded us a lot of the people in our book- colors like cinnamon, honey, chocolate, french toast, etc. We also had some white eggs. We each chose one egg and then cracked it open only to discover they all were the same on the inside. 
They made great scrambled eggs for lunch!
We used the same colors as in The Colors of Us- red, white, black and yellow, to mix together and create a new color. We used the new color to paint our hands and print them to go along with the following lyrics written by Ben Harper-
"I can change the world
with my own two hands
make a better place
with my own two hands
make a kinder place
with my own two hands"...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wild West

We headed out on the range to the Wild West. 
We read Cowpokes to get us started and to give us an idea what it was like to ride the range and live in the wild west...
There were horses to ride and cows to wrangle.
 We wore cowpoke hats and boots for our dramatization just like Matthew in Matthew the Cowboy.

We cooked over the campfire,
strummed our guitars and laid our sleepy heads on our bedrolls as we looked up at the nighttime sky. We sang "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Home on the Range".
Just like in Matthew the Cowboy, we used branding irons (potatoes on a stick) each with our own brands (the first letter of our name and our hand prints) and decorated bandannas or kerchiefs to wear out on the range, to keep the dust out of our noses and mouths.

We also learned all about rodeos when we read I Want to be a Cowboy. 
We tried our hand at barrel racing. We donned our cowpoke apparel and galloped a horse around a barrel to the tune of "She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain". 
 We also practiced using a lasso to rope a stray horse.
 Harmony Jean has some pretty fancy boots in Armadillo Rodeo. Bo mistakes her shiny red boots for another armadillo. 
We used tempera paint sticks to design our own cowpoke hats and boots. We talked about all of the "designs" in the book and some of us used those as inspiration for our own designs. 
Wanted posters were made with us in our "cowpoke garb".  Who wouldn't "want" these adorable cowpokes?
 We chanted the fingerplay:
10 galloping horses came to town
5 were black.
5 were brown.
They galloped up.
They galloped down.
And then they galloped
out of town!
We told stories about us and our favorite horses... 

Yee Haw!