My kids and I went to our town's Tomato Festival last weekend. There was a parade, some yummy food, and a baby goat (among other things). We decorated tomatoes. Mine is in the top photo.
We learned about the difference between predicting and inferring. We kicked off the unit by using predicting puzzles. Each group gets 4 pieces of a puzzle. They need to predict what the image will be and write about the clues that helped them make their prediction. Then, they assemble the puzzle to confirm their predictions. Read more about this activity and grab the FREE recording sheet by clicking here.
Another strategy we've been practicing is determining importance. I started with this fabulous unit by Christina DeCarbo.
We practiced using The Secret Life of Trees and an article in Scholastic News.
Our newest cat, Sparrow, willingly jumped up on my lap with Sunshine. There is still the occasional hiss and raised paw, but overall the cats have made peace. In case you don't read my blog regularly, I've included a picture of our other cat, Herbie.
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