I feel like I've been kind of neglecting my little blog-o-sphere, so thanks for hanging with me! Buckle up for another quick recap... whirlwind style.
We are still working on economics, and I am enjoying this unit of study a TON this year! We even started our own Beth Newingham-inspired bank thanks to nudging from my teaching partner. I had decided to create the "Bank" for my room... but it was really more like a cash register. This took it to the next level, and the kiddos love it! We're going to be writing checks for classroom jobs... and the banker will "cash" them here. :) Confession: We're off to a late start!
This is an anchor chart we created to discuss spending and saving as part of our Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday study. We did a little Brain and Book action with this too!
We also explored our vocabulary Holly-Word style! :) The kids LOVE this activity... it's from my Cultivating Strategic Readers bundle. It was a HUGE hit! (I blogged more in-depth about the activity last year... HERE if you're interested in learning more about it.)
The Holly-Word activity was a great way to practice glossary skills in a non-threatening and FUN way. The kids loved working in groups, teaching, and performing! We spent some time as a class looking at how the glossary is organized in our RS books. I created an anchor chart as we looked up the word "amount" together. (You'll notice that I left out guide words entirely right now. I am teaching them to scan first... and we'll get more strategic later. It's not my best chart ever... but it did the trick. I pointed out all of the components and then underlined/highlighted what they needed for the assignment. It helped them know what to pay attention to and what to ignore.) I should have made this ahead of time to really clarify the directions and to avoid running out of room... and messy handwriting. Hey! You live and you learn. I went back through afterward and colored in the block letters. I couldn't resist after all.
In other news, we've been working on sequencing. We brainstormed clue words that help us understand the sequence of a story. This was the aftermath. I used this with the brainstorm activity in my Literacy Aficionados pack.
If you're departmentalized, like I am, here's an idea to keep your kids straight and help them remember their materials. My partner came up with the idea of laminating blank charts and writing in dry-erase markers. She writes on my zebra chart... and I write on her cute frog chart so that our kiddos always know what to bring to class. Sure, it rubs off a little bit, but it's nothing that a little TLC can't fix. This has been a great management tool this year! I don't know how we ever survived without it last year.
|I write on Miss K's chart. :)|
|Miss K writes on my chart! Viola! :)|
That's a wrap! Now it's time to settle down with my stack of papers and put my nose to the grindstone. I've got my relaxation candles burning to help me burn the midnight oil! I just need comfy clothes and a sweet tea. Then, I should be ready to go!
I may even go buck wild and grade papers on our couch instead of in my "lair". Husbands can come up with the greatest terms of endearment, right?! :) Bahahaha! Here's to having a semi-productive, semi-relaxing evening. You can picture me right here. ^^^^ Have a great weekend friends!