We combined literature and science this week with our Spooky Story and Skeleton theme. With Halloween only a week away, I knew I needed to add some Halloween fun into our lessons. Using an old Mailbox magazine as my guide, I found quite a few stories and activities to round out our studies this week.
On Tuesday we read……
The Ghost-Eye Tree
Bill Martin is one of my favorite children authors. The story has a repeating theme: “Why does Mama always choose me, when the night is so dark and the mind runs free…”
Because of my yearly case of laryngitis, Miss Francis, our Spanish teacher, read this book to the class.
We used the illustrations in the book to create our own Ghost-Eye Tree.
Then we used a very thin layer of watered down black tempera paint to paint over the whole paper. We were hoping for an eerie effect.
Princess was pleased with the end product.
On Wednesday we read…
FunnyBones by Allan Ahlberg
This is a series of humorous books about the adventures of a group of skeletons. My crew thought this books was hilarious.
We also watched Disney’s 1929 Skeleton Dance on Youtube.
On Thursday we read…..
Bone by Bone Comparing Animal Skeletons
Since we were reading about skeletons, I thought I would tie in some science and start learning about our skeletal system. This book was such a great way to introduce vertebrates and invertebrates. We will be doing some more practice on this next week.
Of coarse, we had to end the day with our puppets doing a skit about hurting their tibias, their craniums, and their femurs. The puppets even had the audience finding their tibias, craniums, and femurs. I have some REALLY GOOD puppeteers!
Along with our crafts and Halloween party next week, we will be reading…
Dem Bones by Bob Barner
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
Come back next week to see how we use these stories to guide our lessons!