Why: Cece’s love of polar bears and it was cold and snowy outside
What: polar bear study, polar bear play, polar bear drawings, creation of The Polar Bear Song in afternoon Songwriters, snowflakes, northern lights collaborative art, iceberg and glaciers art
Why: We learned that there are no penguins in the Arctic (they are too slow and would get eaten by polar bears!), so we decided to go to Antarctica to find the penguins
What: penguin study and drawings, revisiting The Penguin Story
Why: Children playing that they are searching for lemurs and discussion about where lemurs live
What: lemur study, lemur drawings
Why: Nuha’s homeland, children playing that they are travelling to Africa to see the animals
What: Brady told an African tale, reading of other African tales, exploration of African animals, tasting Sudanese food cooked by Nuha
Why: interest in dragons, dragons as key characters in our storytelling, Chris and James’ giant cardboard dragon creation right around the time of the Chinese New Year
What: Chinese New Year study including the use and meaning of dragons during Chinese New Year’s celebrations, incorporation of our red color study because red is considered a lucky color at Chinese New Year, stories about the Chinese New Year, a story about Ping the dragon painter, dragon paintings, Chinese music for our lunch-time listening. We also learned that Panda bears live in China and read some stories about Pandas.
Why: Chris is leaving for a two month visit to Korea; Emily’s grandparents live in Korea and she will be visiting this summer. Both Chris and Emily speak Korean with their families and each other.
What: finding out what Chris likes in Korea (tunnels in the mountains), tunnel creations using cardboard tubes, mountain/tunnel paintings, creation of snowboards and skies to pretend we were at the Olympics in Korea, reading some Korean tales including one Chris brought about the Sun and the Moon.
Why: A book read, Georgia in Hawaii--we learned about artist Georgia O’Keefe’s visit to Hawaii. She was asked to visit Hawaii to paint pineapples, but after being told she couldn’t live near the pineapple fields she decided to tour Hawaii and paint other things. She eventually did paint pineapples
What: choosing to paint pineapples or other things from Hawaii, exploring pineapples through looking, touching, tasting, and smelling; some of us used pineapples as paintbrushes.
Why: a classmate visited there
What: a story about the life of a girl living in Jamaica, Bob Marley exploration--learning a bit about his life and listening to his music, singing and drawing Three Little Birds, Jamaican beach paintings, beach day, making and tasting fried bananas (or at least plain bananas),
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