Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last day learning

     Students had 1.00 to spend at the Classroom Concessions and pay for their admission to the Wild Krats Habitat show.  Admission was 0.25 and then students had a menu of options to choose from.  They counted their money, figured out their change and enjoyed the show.  It was a great lesson for students to think and plan how to spend their money. Some were sad they spent their money and decided they wanted something else after consuming their purchase. Over all it was a blast.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wrapping up Fairy Tales

Students shared the fairy tales they wrote with peers
Awesome conversation and feedback from peers on our individual fairy tales
This group talked for a long time and shared ideas on how
to extend each other's fairy tale
Students use story maps that they recorded while listening to
the fairy tales to help them retell the story to peers.
Specific compliments were delivered from peers without prompting!
Many students shared with as many peers as they could in the allotted time.
Castle covers for our favorite fairy tale story map
Skeleton story map: students could use words, phrases or sentences 
Directed drawing of castles was a hit
Each castle was unique and had it's own flare
Many illustrated characters on the inside covers
Fairy tale creation, story maps, reading and excitement = a recipe for a great wrap up
to our final unit in CKLA.
Students could sketch, write words, phrases or sentences to
jog their memory of the fairy tales.  

I Am From Poems

For the past two years we have incorporated Mad Libs into our learning as we explored nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Mad Libs are some of the children's favorite parts during the day.  We used this same concept to create the I Am From poems.  I sat with each child and asked them for traditions, sayings, dreams, etc.  I then typed up responses and as a class we shared them.  Here is the complete set of 23.  I forgot to add mine in the PDF and the students said it was not complete, so here is my sample.

I Am From
By:  Jenny Walter

I am from warming up in front of the wood stove after a bath, 
card games at the kitchen table and daily family dinner at 5pm, 
Saturday morning cartoons and driveway chalk cities with the neighbors, 
Constant fire burning in the fire pit is where I am from.

I am from "We believe in you,"
and "Use your manners."
From my mom and dad 
Saying, "I love you," and "We are so proud of the person that you are."

I am from fireworks at the Valley Camp, 
sledding at the college and camping throughout the U.P.
Hobo dinners and fresh white fish, 
1pm Sunday family picnics is where I am from.

I am from mom's masterful gardens, 
Jody's NKOTB wallpapered room, 
Dad's dusty work boots from a hard day on the job, 
And daily phone calls to check in is where I am from.

Reading buddy games

We ended our last full day with some of our very favorite people.  Students played games with their Reading Buddies, ate popsicles and shared summer plans.