Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Activity

Today's weather didn't allow us to go to the pool - thunderstorms kept popping up all afternoon - so we girls did a quick math/science activity. We read the book The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. The ladybug in the story runs into several animals, each one bigger than the previous one, challenging them to fight. When the blue whale (literally) slaps some sense into the ladybug, he goes back home, where he belongs.

I researched the lengths of all twelve animals in the story. Then we headed outside to mark off the sizes of the animals, with tape measure and chalk in hand. Julia totally got into the project, too, marking off measurements with chalk.
In the picture below, Evelyn is marking off how long/tall a boa constrictor and gorilla are (six feet). The highlight of this activity was measuring the length of a blue whale. 80 feet is pretty long, especially when you see the distance on the sidewalk!
After our math/science activity, the girls scribbled and drew some pictures.
Julia had to use every single piece of colorful chalk in her collage. Meanwhile, Evelyn worked on drawing a humongous tree and a sun.


k. said...

You are such a teacher! That's a great activity. Fun and educational!