Friday, November 15, 2013

Hedgehog Facts, Comprehension, and Salt Dough Art

I've been M.I.A. for about a year now!  I'm going to make a concerted effort to start posting regularly again!

We are at the end of our trimester and are a bit off of our regular schedule, so we dragged our basal story out for two weeks allowing us to do a bit extra.

We've been reading Hedgehog Bakes a Cake by Maryann Macdonald.  Yesterday we made little hedgehogs out of salt dough.  I took them home and baked them last night and today we painted them.  I got the idea and instructions here.  I used more of a skin tone color for the face, dark brown for the body, and gold for the tips of the spines.  Instead of using black pepper peas for the eyes and nose, we made them out of little dough balls and painted them black.  Here are some pictures:

Overall, I think they came out pretty cute.  A few looked more like hippos or other animals, but the kids had fun making them!

In addition to making the salt dough hedgehogs, we read about hedgehogs and worked on some non-fiction reading and comprehension strategies.  Click here for a copy of the reading passage and comprehension questions I created.