Anyway... this post is basically a hodgepodge. I am piled under a ton of stuff on my desk, but I wanted to take a quick minute to update you all on some of our recent classroom happenings. Please excuse my crummy Droid-tastic photos! :)
We just started our new unit on Communities...so we made this Pinterest-inspired flip book.
We learned about how exciting, strong verbs make our writing more exciting and vivid, so I taught a highly condensed version of The Teacher Wife's verb packet. We brainstormed verbs and created a web, they made action heroes, and we took a few "boring" verbs and found more vivid synonyms before writing.
We did a little mini-version of Abby's Mystery Box lesson too... and the kids loved it!
We talked about how our prior knowledge or schema works a lot like a file cabinet. Thank you Debbie Miller for helping me access my students' knowledge about penguins prior to reading Penguin Chick.
We also just wrapped up our Pumpkin Book Reports! I used Hope King's bundle... and it was super cute and organized. :) The only setback? Trying to store 48 pumpkins between my room and my teamie's room. If you aren't afraid of a little pumpkin encroachment, I highly recommend this project! With 48 kiddos, there were soooo many cute pumpkins. Here's a sampling!