Hey there! Here's a flashback of our week!! We love linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching and with Amanda from Teaching Maddenenss!
1. We have been teaching about the constitution and we taught about The Preamble. Holy cow, were those founding fathers speaking English?? ;O)
We LOVE this book, and our students do too, because it puts it in kid terms!!
2. Since we've been talking about the American Revolution and now we are talking about how the nation was built (a.k.a. how these really smart guys set up our government and how we still stand by it today) we have been reading George Washington Socks as our extended text. (Not that it has anything to do with the government, but it is historical fiction about Washington crossing the Delaware River!)
They L-O-V-E this book!! The author is so great and really pulls the students into the book. She has amazing language throughout her book. So, we took a paragraph out of this book (an idea from a teacher we work with) and "noticed" everything we could about this paragraph and how the author used craft to help us visualize the passage. The students identified the parts of speech, the figurative language, and other word study aspects (homophones, suffixes, etc) and then illustrated it based on what the author told us in the story. Here's an example:
We put everything we noticed on the left and the picture we saw in our mind on the right. They had a lot of fun with it!!
3. We have been working on the prefix auto- in word study. I needed an activity that I could take a grade on, and so I had the students make a cartoon using 5 words that had auto- as a prefix. They were so excited about this!!!! Here are 2 examples:
Sorry! You can't read it very well! I just wanted them to have an authentic task that wasn't just a fill-in-the-blank worksheet!! Plus, I got to see if they really understood the words by using them in context!!
4. We are touching on geometry terms (mainly because I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind in math and they learned a lot of it in 3rd grade, so we are reviewing right now while I'm trying to focus on decimals). Here is our geometry terms wall:
We are creating the terms with our bodies to help us remember. I posted these out in the hall where we line up in hopes they can peruse the terms and the pictures as a reminder of these terms. They are pretty excited about it and I caught some 4th graders from another class talking about it outside my room today, so maybe it will work!!!! I'm just so behind I am glad to do anything that will help!! We've always acted out the terms but this is the first time I've taken pictures of them "acting it out"! Hopefully, it will stick!! (My cutie that is a line has both of her hands open, which symbolizes a line that never ends!)
(These posters came from our geometry unit that you can find HERE.)
5. Last, but not least, Stacia finished her Chick Cutie clipart set.
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How was your week???