Anyways, enough of my blabber. I do have some ideas/activities to share with you. We have been hard at work on verbs and symmetry this week. I must say that verbs may be the death of me. It seems like we do an activity and they all "get it" and then all of a sudden slow, air, and other words have become verbs... AHHHH!!! But, we will keep movin' right along, and I'm just sure that little light bulb will come on at some point ;)
We started a Valuable Verbs chart that we will continue to add verbs to throughout this year. This is what we call a "working document" in my class :) We have been working on throwing away old verbs that we have used too much like "is, am, like, play" and much more!
We put sentences together and highlighted the verbs! You can get this activity for FREE here!
We have continued reading a Scholastic News Magazine each day to find verbs in the sentences. Today, the magazine was about sea turtles, so I took that and ran with it!
We made a chart to list all of the valuable verbs we learned from the magazine, plus a few that we made up on our own! The students then used these to write sentences about turtles.
As they were writing their sentences, they highlighted their verbs. After they finished writing, they chose their 6 favorite verbs from their story to write on their turtle's shell.
It ended up being a really great activity that the kids got into. They were fascinated that sea turtles can lay up to 100 eggs and can weigh up to 700 pounds!
On a side note... I get a lot of questions about how I fit "craftivities" into my day, and I've tried to answer those on my blog before, but I took a quick picture today to give a visual. If I can avoid the kids tracing patterns, then I most definitely do. I try to make copies on the colored paper so that my kiddos just cut out the pieces that they need. Otherwise, things take FOREVER. I do sometimes use patterns, but not if I can avoid it! I also don't have the time to cut out 20-40 of each piece that my students need, so this is just a HUGE timesaver for me! I timed this activity today to see about how long things like this take... and it took about an hour total (reading the magazine articles while highlighting the verbs, making the turtle, writing the story, highlighting their verbs, coloring the pictures/borders). My students did work in partners on this assignment, so that also helps trim some time down. I had about 4 groups that had to finish during recess, which is pretty typical with my 2 classes!
Now on to Symmetry!
We made our Symme-"trees" today. I gave each table group a piece of white butcher paper and some die-cut shapes. They sorted the shapes into 2 groups: Shapes with Symmetry and Shapes without Symmetry. They drew their tree, glued their shapes (shapes with symmetry stayed on the tree while the shapes without symmetry fell to the ground!). We had a little extra time so I let them add some detail into their backgrounds!
Yesterday, we started symmetry with this activity. I gave each student a picture (cut in half) of a staff member at our school (lovely yearbook pictures from last year, ha!). They tried to draw the missing half as symmetrical as possible! Here's how those turned out:
Both of those activities/ideas are in my Shapin' Up Unit on TPT!
Wow... that was a long post for me! Now I'm even more tired than before, ha! Hope you all have a great rest of the week!