We may have only been in school 3 and 1/2 days this week, but I think I managed to pack in a full week…here’s what’s what!
I did a reference resources review with most of my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes. I do this every year before our statewide assessment. It is pretty basic – getting kids to think about which resources are best for what purpose. It is also pretty BORRRRRRING. I tried to spice it up this year by turning it into a QR code activity. Students scanned the code and the question popped up. They really did seem to enjoy it more than in the past. I know they will do super duper on the test next week.
Still working on research with small groups of 1st graders. They are finished with their research (which they did with non-fiction books and the internet) and their writing. Now to the presentation part. A few are creating projects using Puppet Pals. We’ve got a couple making iBooks using iBook Author. The rest are creating Little Bird Tales.
Kindergarten students moved from Earth Day to plants and seeds. I read A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds. We pretended to BE our favorite fruit, vegetable, or tree – growing into it from a seed (snuck some yoga in, basically ). Then they checked out and went to centers:
1. Read a book about plants and seeds
2. Watch “Parts of a Plant” video via the BrainPop Jr. app on the iPad (our state library pays for Brain Pop Jr. THANK YOU, SC State Library!)
3. Draw a picture of a plant (include all of the parts of a plant – root, stem, etc.). I pulled up BrainPop Jr. for this and used the “Draw About It” activity that is included in the “Parts of a Plant” video
5th grade Media Technology finished up with Garageband. The Technology Integration Specialist and I had them record a poem from books I pulled from the library and compose some sort of background music.
Today (May 4th) is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! I hope you went out and supported your local Comic Book shop or library…find out who is participating here: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992 If you missed out, you may want to ask that same comic book shop and/or library if they have extras – they may be willing to let you have them for your classroom or school library.
Hope you had a fantastic week!
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