We had a very busy, exciting, and educational Valentine’s Day in Room 17! The following are a few of the activities that the students participated in throughout the day.
Preparing food for our Valentine’s Day celebration: After we completed Anne of Green Gables as our class read aloud, we decided that we wanted to make a few of the recipes from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. The students choose to make raspberry cordial and gingersnap cookies for Valentine’s Day. Preparing food in the classroom offers students a rich, authentic learning experience, including: math (measuring, fractions, and time), science (mixtures, solids and liquids, and temperature), and reading (reading and following the recipe and directions). The students come together as a classroom community to make the recipes, and they take pride in sharing and enjoying the finished product!
Writing odes in Valentine’s cards for family and friends: I began Writer’s Workshop by reading and discussing ode poetry with the students. We decided that it would be fitting to write odes to family and friends and send them home in Valentine’s cards. The students were encouraged to use descriptive language and phrases, and similes in their odes. They did a wonderful job composing the poetry and decorating their cards.
Candy Heart Math: In math, the students used candy hearts to explore the mathematical concepts we have been learning in the classroom. The students scooped candy hearts from a tin and performed several mathematical tasks with them - both individually and with partners. The students estimated and counted their hearts; used place value to break down their number into tens and ones; found a partner and added their groups of hearts together; read and answered word problems (addition and subtraction); and used tally marks to record the colors of their hearts.