Thursday, March 20

hello spring

A lot has been happening over here. We have been busy and in need of a much deserved spring break. Here is a glimpse at some of the things we have been working on. In Texas it's rodeo time so we spent some time learning about cowboys and Texas.
Making text to text connections with Armadilly Chili and The Little Red Hen 
We made chili pepper patterns. I love this activity I got from April Larremore over at chalk talk.
We made this little cowboy craft followed up by the writing prompt, Every cowboy needs  . . . boots. The kids painted their boots using water colors.
We read Armadillo Rodeo and talked about the story elements.
In February we had fun learning about the Winter Games. We compared the summer games to the winter games.
Then we graphed which Olympic sport is your favorite and talked about the data. I passed out white boards and let the kids write along with me.
For writer's workshop we learned what a biography is and started writing Olympic athlete biographies. My kids loved writing about Gracie Gold.
We made a circle map of winter Olympic sports.
We brainstormed words that describe Olympians. We used this circle map to help write Olympian list poems.
Olympian list poem.
When we come back from spring break we are going to continue learning about weather and landforms.
This reader can be found in my landforms unit.

Wednesday, February 5

Winter Olympics

The Olympics start tomorrow! Will you be discussing the Olympic Games in your classroom? We are going to spend all next week on the Olympics. My kids are so excited to start all the fun! I'll be back with lots of pictures from the week. Here is a little preview of what we will be doing.
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Sunday, February 2

Researcher's workshop

We started a mini inquiry unit on Antarctica during our penguin study. My kids loved exploring this continent. I wanted my kids to be able to ask questions and wonder about information. I also wanted them to be able to read with a question in mind. I modeled how to ask a question and how to record the answer. Then I got my kids to ask their own questions and find the answers. I listed the questions on our chart below.
Now the kids are ready to ask questions and wonder about information.
This one says, "I wonder if whales live in Antarctica?"
Here is one of our read-alouds we used to learn new information.
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Saturday, February 1

January wrap up!

We made it to February! Oh how I love February! Here are a few of my favorite books to read in January and some of the literature response activities we did.
Here is just one of the activities we did with this book. We worked on building oral language for winter clothing. Then we made a circle map of winter clothing. 
Mittens or gloves pictograph
We discussed how animals stay warm in the winter. Here is one of our anchor charts. We circled the animals the kids thought hibernated. Chart inspired by First Grade Schoolhouse.
Hibernation chit-chat message to review what we learned.
Martin Luther King chit-chat message to review what we learned.
We made snow caps and wrote about what we like to do in winter.

Winter bubble map
Have you ever played in the snow graph.
When we returned from Christmas break we made these new year kids and wrote our resolutions. Idea inspired by Julie Lee.

We made snowmen and wrote about what our snowmen would do at night. Idea by Deanna Jump. Love how these turned out.

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