We, of course, talked about China and found it on our map. We also found the Yangtze River, where Ping lives. We read lots of books about China. Some of the favorites were Look What Came From China, Two of Everything, Tikki Tikki Tembo, The Five Chinese Brothers, and Children Just Like Me.
We couldn't talk about China and not discuss panda bears. We read all about them and made these fun, easy cupcakes using mini Oreos.
Since Ping is a duck, we had to study those too. We did an experiment to show how the oil on a duck keeps them from getting wet. We brushed oil on one of the ducks. Then they put drops of water on both and compared them. They liked turning the one with oil so that the water rolled off it.
|Oil on left one; right one dry|
|Water on one with oil|
In the story, there is a boy with a barrel so we talked about why he would wear the barrel. The kids filled out their predictions on this chart. Then we experimented with different objects to see if they would float or sink.
These frogs would sink so we tried putting them in an empty water bottle and found they would float in the bottle. We kept putting them in to see how many it would take to sink the bottle.
We read The Warlord's Puzzle and then the kids worked on some tangrams of their own.
Chad brought home takeout Chinese for the kids to try and they all worked on their chopstick skills.
|Molly decided stabbing it worked better.|
We also picked up fortune cookies and these sticks on our grocery shopping trip this week.
We learned about the Chinese New Year and made these lanterns.
|These are Caleigh's|
|Colin's drawings of a duck and panda|