Using a bucket and blue blocks (to represent blueberries), we worked on some math concepts. We used 4 blocks. I showed him how the bucket could be empty (0/4), 1/4 full, 1/2 full, 3/4 full, and completely full (4/4). He would put the blocks in and we would chime in together, "kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk."
|Using blueberry blocks to introduce fractions.|
We read through the story again, which Evan can paraphrase on his own by looking at the pictures, and then completed a comparison flipchart in his lapbook. He glued little pictures behind the tabs that went to Sal, Little Bear, and Both.
|Writing on the tabs: Sal, Both, Little Bear.|
We talked about the Life Cycle of a Blueberry Bush, and Evan enjoyed spinning the 'reveal wheel' to see the different stages from seed to bush. I told him how 95% of the total blueberries for the food industry come from the United States and Canada. I showed him a pie chart and he painted it blue to represent the 95%.
(SIDE NOTE: This morning when we said the Pledge of Allegiance, Evan could say almost the whole thing himself! Normally, he just waits for me to say it and kind of mumbles along with me. But today, we stood in front of the flag and put our hand on our heart, and he just started right into it, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America..." I couldn't believe it! He never ceases to amaze me!)
|Painting his pie graph.|
Next, Evan painted a basket for his lapbook. The basket has flaps that reveal different blueberry foods. He kept putting his hand through the handle and wanted to carry it around. He painted it brown and when he was done and saw the brown paint all over the paper towel, he got a really disgusted look on his face. I asked him what was wrong. He said (with a squished up nose and curled lip), "Ewwww, there's poop everywhere!" I couldn't help but laugh! He didn't want to have anything to do with that basket anymore!
|You can already see his look of disgust forming!|
|"What is it?!"|
|Speaking of baskets...|
|Making a Blue Collage.|
|Adding the blueberries.|
|UMMMM, they smell yummy! Let's eat them!|