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Following our research field trip to the library, we referenced our rat "study" books and collectively worked on drawing a more realistic representation of rats. Paying attention to detail and emphasizing the importance of practice through revisions or multiple drafts/versions of drawings has been integrated into our daily language and work approach. Focusing more on the realistic form of rats held the intention of supporting our clay work planned for the following day. Several children who had not yet made a clay rat had verbalized interest in making their own clay rat after seeing the glazed rats that had previously been created.
A brief morning meeting conversation discussing the form of the rat to help inform our work with clay.
Elyse: Is the tail as thick as the rat's body?
Maxon: It's (the rat tail) thick here, but when it goes more out, it's more thin.
Maxon: Actually, people don't have whiskers. Rats are similar to people, but they have four feet. See?
And people don't have whiskers they have hands.
Lochie: And people don't have tails. ... We would look weird if we had tails.
Audrey: But we used to...
Janie: It (the hump in rats' backs) like a humpback whale!
"I want to work on my rat." -Janie