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The Scarecrow’s Hat

Today for Thinking Thursday, we will use the story The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown to see the roll of problems and solutions have in stories.

In the story, The Scarecrow’s Hat, chicken decides he really likes scarecrow’s hat. Scarecrow is willing to trade for a walking stick, but chicken does not have one. Follow along to see how one person’s problem is solved by another person.

Here are two examples of how you can work through the retelling of this story focusing on problems and solutions.

Create a story map. Have your child draw 7 boxes connected by arrows. In each box, draw a picture of the character you meet in the story starting with chicken. Under the picture write what that character needs and has to give. You will see as you work through the connection between the need of one character with the object the next one is willing to give away. Make sure to retell the story in total getting all the way back to chicken getting scarecrow’s hat.

Or, you could create a table of problem and solution. What problem does each character have? In this context I would encourage your child to see that the problem is NOT the missing item, but what the item would be used for. Scarecrow’s problem is he is tired of standing. The solution is to use badger’s walking stick to stand up. Badger’s problem is his door will not stay open. The solution is using crow’s ribbon to tie it open.

When we start talking in terms of problem and solution, using terms such as character, setting, plot, author, illustrator, etc… we are setting the children up with facts and knowledge that will help them in later grades.

Want to extend the challenge?? Have your child write their own story in a similar context… I want ____ but I don’t have ____. So and so has _____ that I need, but they need ____ etc. until you loop back around to everyone getting what they need!

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Five Senses and Safety

Today for “thinking Thursday” we are going to look at the five senses in a different way. We often focus on the more enjoyable ways we use our five senses, such as exploring foods and fun experiences. But, we know that our five sense are there even more so as an alert to our bodies about things that are not safe. Many times we assume that children understand this and skip over teaching things that aren’t as fun, simple to talk about, but not today.

Today we will create a foldable, this is a simple way to collect information. Take a sheet of paper in fold it in half, I chose to hold the page vertically today so I had 5 rows to work with, but you could go the other way if wanted. Now for the activity, you will cut 4 slits from the long side to the fold to create 5 flaps. On the top of the flap, I wrote the sense. Under the flap have your child write a way that they use their senses to stay safe. You can pick one topic such as fire safety, kitchen safety or just talk in generals.

five senses foldable

Did you want to do this activity, but not make your own sheet? I have created this page and it is FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store… remember parents can use this too!