Today's Topic: Ponds!
round blue tablecloth
pictures of pond creatures and plants
blue paper cut roughly into pond shapes
In the small, small pond / Fleming, Denise
The dark, dark night / Butler, M. Christina
What We Did: We were so excited to have the wonderful Anne Moser of the UW Water Library with us to share her knowledge about ponds! She read two books to the group:
Anne also showed some actual pond plants she'd picked that morning (cattails! milkweed! compass plant!) and brought in for the kids to enjoy touching and smelling.
Related Apps: during class, I had these two easy-reader apps available for use:
At the Pond (Learn to Read Books) -- this app has very simple text and pictures that support the text. You can also put your finger on each word and hear the word being read aloud. The story is a bit slight.
Life at the Pond (ReadSmart) -- this app has more text (still in beginning reader formatting) and a bit more of a non-fiction storyline, but the words are not at all interactive (except for a handful that are underlined which you can get definitions for if you tap on them) and there is no read-aloud option at all.
You might also enjoy:
Just at day at the Pond with Little Critter (Oceanhouse Media)
Plants by Tinybop (not specifically pond-related, but lots of flora and fauna to explore!)