Caps for Sale! And fun with shapes :)

Our new favorite story is most DEFINITELY the old favorite Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
The kids just cannot get enough of it... and its become the favorite interactive read aloud for a bunch of reasons.

1. The peddler's caps. Who doesn't love some strange guy that walks around with a tower of hats on his head?  Plus, they are only 50 cents, so its quite the bargain too.
2. Monkeys. Who doesn't love some mischievous monkeys?
3. Fun verse. I don't know which part is better, a hand shaking, foot stomping peddler yelling "You, monkeys you, you give me back my caps!"  or the taunting monkeys giving it right back to him with their "Tsz, tsz, tsz!"
4. Perfect reader's theater. The kids have been BEGGING to use our "free play hats" to act out the story during their free time. Yes, no blocks, no kitchen center, no playdoh, they want to act out this story. Ahh... how can you NOT love this! Although their voices DID get a little loud for the classroom with all the peddler bellowing and monkey screeching, could I quell the excitement of reading and interacting with a story? No way! Had to snap these pics...

The peddler (yellow hat) and the monkeys :)


This peddler taking a snooze against the tree :)


I'm working on a new literacy center that I think the kids will enjoy. I'm taking our favorite read aloud verses, and putting them in a word work center where the kids can piece together their favorite verse on the pocket chart and record it. I don't think we are quite ready for the Caps for Sale verse, but I think we will be soon.


As we finish our first unit in Math Expressions, we are getting really good at identifying shapes, drawing them, and reading and writing our numbers. Today we got interactive with our shapes, and a big piece of yarn tied together at the ends made the perfect tool. We talked about how our fingers were the vertices, and the number of sides = the number of vertices  Then we got creative and stretched and pulled our yarn with our partner to transform it into different shapes. Rectangles and triangles were easy to make.... but squares a little harder, and trapezoids even more. Either way, it was fun-- and we forgot it was math time :)



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