This week we read The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story by Joseph Bruchac. This is a fable in which a group of animals with teeth and animals with wings argue over who is better. They decide to play a ball game to determine who is right. Bat is denied a place on the birds’ team because he has teeth. The animals agree to let him on their team, but he must stay out of the way because he is so small. The game lasts all day. When dusk begins to fall both teams have trouble because they can’t see. Ask your child which team wins and why? (Bat doesn’t need light to see, so he scores a goal for the animals. He sets a penalty for the birds to fly south half of each year. )
Look for more fables at the library. Fables are stories that teach a lesson or explain why something happens in nature.
In math, we continue to learn to tell time and determine how much time has passed. We are working on understanding patterns. Students are learning to describe and extend patterns that show both growing and repeating number patterns. Also, we reviewed solid figures and the number of edges, vertices, and flat surfaces on 3D shapes.
To celebrate Presidents’ Day we learned about some of our former presidents. Students wrote about what they would do if they were president. Read some of their responses on the blog page.