“Letter T is for Tadpole Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

“Letter T is for Tadpole Week” was certainly the most Tubular, Terrific, and Tremendous week of the 2018-2019 school year yet!  The students entered school each day with what seemed like Trillions of Letter T shares! Everything from T-Rex to Toys, Trains to Tigers, and of course, all things Tadpoles/Frog were sent in and shared!  There were Tons of Letter T books that were sent in including some PPA class favorites: Tickle The Duck by Edward Long and Listen To My Trumpet by Mo Willems!   Well, “Letter T is for Tadpoles Week” has come and gone.  Read on below to discover the learning that took place and fun that was had throughout the week!

The students spent Monday and Tuesday morning working one on one with the teachers to complete their Letter T identification/fine motor activity sheets. The teachers were so impressed with how easily the new students recognized the letter T and also how well the older students remembered all things “T” during their morning work!  In the afternoon, the students created the twentieth letter list of the year! As a whole group, the students took turns brainstorming and contributing words that begin with the letter T and also hunted around the classroom for letter T items!  With what seemed like Tons of letter T items to be found inside PPA, the letter T list was full of many more answers than other less common letter-weeks prior!

 

What letter T shares do YOU see?

Answer: Turtle, Tiger, Tomato, Tambourine, Toaster, and a Taco! 🙂

Wednesday morning began with a reading of Wendy Pfeffer’s From Tadpole to Frog, where the students learned all about the various stages of the life cycle of a frog.  After hearing the story and participating in a discussion about the word METAMORPHOSIS, the students created the following art project!

 

 

On Thursday, the art exploration of tadpoles continued as the students focused their attention to the HABITAT of a tadpole – a pond!  Using watercolor paint, the students created water-like scenes.

 

 

The students enjoyed singing various tadpole/frog songs during music class.  Naturally, Five Green and Speckled Frogs was featured!  Listen in below!

 

 

Also in the afternoons, the students began a new unit of study in Spanish class – La Música (Music).  Over the next few weeks, the students will explore some instrument vocabulary (see below) and also the sounds from all around the Spanish-speaking world!  Stay tuned for more fun ahead!

El Tambor (Drum)

Las Maracas (Maracas)

La Trompeta (Trumpet)

La Guitarra (Guitar)

El Violín (Violin)

El Saxófono (Saxophone)

El Piano (Piano)

El Trombón (Trombone)

Throughout the week, tadpoles had been center stage but Friday was all about frogs!  The students turned ordinary construction paper into super long crinkly-legged frogs!

 

 

Friday afternoon wrapped up with a Tadpole-riffic technology presentation!  During the presentation, the students learned all about the transformation from egg to tadpole to froglet to frog!  They also observed photographs of many different and colorful species (or types) of frogs from all around the world!  The presentation wrapped up with a few short clips all about tadpoles and frogs.  The following song was a big hit with the students!

 

 

Of course, those silly Storybots made an appearance as well!  🙂

 

 

Well, that is all for “Letter T is for Tadpole Week”.  As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful, fun and safe weekend!

-PPA

 

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