Day 4! It’s Super WHY day! We are having a blast with our PBS week, and today was no different.
We did the Activities before rest time today, like we did on Tuesday. Maddy and Owen hooted and hollered to watch the episode we watched yesterday, Super WHY! The Foolish Wishes.
- Day 4 Activities: You’ll need the Day 4 Activity Sheet, the Super WHY! mask, and Worksheet 1 and Worksheet 2. (These are Worksheets 7 & 8 from the PBS site.)
We first tackled Worksheet 1; here, children finish the sentence, “There once were ____ little pigs” by choosing the correct word. On the right of the sentence are pictures of ten, five, and three little pigs with the number words under each set of pictures.
Owen and Maddy both needed help with this one, since they were a little confused with whether they should write the word “three” or the number–3. They both wrote the number (but backwards–I guess I should work more on number writing?!).
When I suggested we write the word, “three”and asked if they could point to the word on the right side of the paper near the picture of three tiny pigs, Maddy said, No, Mommy, that’s not ‘three’, that says ‘tree’. So we did a little mini-lesson on the differences between ‘tree’ and ‘three’.
Next, we did Worksheet 2 which children finish the sentence, “There once was a big bad ____” by circling the correct word and then writing it in the blank. There are little pictures above a turtle, wolf, and pig below the sentence. Owen had a tough time with this one, too, but Maddy was fine. Owen didn’t immediately recognize “wolf” written in lowercase letters, so I wrote it in uppercase letters at the bottom of his paper. (I should have written all words this way for him.) Then he said, Oh yeah! and got writing.
They were both totally excited to color their pictures, so we quickly talked about how Super WHY! has the power to read that it would make sense that today’s activities would focus on reading a whole sentence.
As a foll0w-up to these activities, I asked if anyone wanted to write their own story and draw a picture to go with it, and Owen was really excited to start his own story and picture on a blank sheet. His story is below.
Yes, he wanted me to write, “There once was a big bad flower.”
And yes, that’s a scary flower.
And I’m not sure, but I think those are long crazy arms on all sides of the flower.
Oh my goodness, what an imagination. Could it be the influence of our new Venus Fly Trap?
Day 4 is down. Here’s what I thought. . .
- that everything was pulled together today from the previous days and the focus was reading a sentence;
- that children can choose what they want to have finish the sentence (turtle, wolf, or pig);
- the follow-up activity involved some creativity and story-telling! I even love the follow-up, follow-up–discussion about how changing one word affects the whole sentence.
- that W-1 was formatted differently–I found the spacing of the pig pictures with number words underneath confusing;
- that W-1 incorporated the numbers (10/5/3) somewhere so children could see the number next to the word;
- that W-2 was more focused–are children supposed to choose ‘wolf’? Is this a question of story fact recall or up to children to decide?
Don’t forget!! You can also view the episode of The Three Little Pigs and get more information on Learning With Super WHY! at the Learning with Media part of the PBS Parents site. The site is so awesome and is totally worth checking out!
Tomorrow’s our last day of PBS love week; I’m so sad about it, to be honest. I think I may go into Super WHY! withdrawal on Saturday. . .