Rolling with the punches :)

Holy Smokes y'all this week has been absolutely insane.  After the tornadoes on Tuesday, the kids were a little hyped up, so I knew that I just had to roll with it.  I threw all of my Earth Day plans out the window on Wednesday and just focused on the storms because that was literally all they were thinking/talking about.  

As they walked in the door on Wednesday they opened up their journals and started writing about what happened the day before.  This little free-writing time truly opened my eyes to how they experienced the storms.  As an adult, I was terrified, so I can only imagine how a little one must have felt.  Thankfully none of my kiddos' houses/families were touched, so we were truly blessed!

After journal writing we brainstormed SEVERAL adjectives to describe tornadoes.  They thought of some really great ones!

After we made our chart, they made their own little tornado scene with some adjectives.

We also read some nonfiction books and watched a video.  It really helped them understand how and why things happened the day before.  It also reinforced that MOST tornadoes do not cause the devastation that our town suffered on that day.  Most importantly all of those activities helped them have a little release from the anxiety that they were feeling!  After that, we trekked on as normal!  After all, we do have quite a bit of learning that needs to take place before we move on to 3rd grade... and I remind them of that pretty often these days ;)

Here's a picture of another multiplication activity that we did to show what we have been learning.  My kids are really getting the hang of it, and they are having a blast learning how to multiply!  You can get this activity in my Multiplication Unit.

Hope you all have a blessed and wonderful weekend!  I can't wait to celebrate Easter with my family and church tomorrow!  We are clinging tightly to the fact that our Savior is alive and with us all the time!


diditeach said...

Teaching in the lucky your kids are to have you as their teacher !!! Easter blessings to you and your family :)

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

I love how you took something scary and made it into a positive learning topic. I'm sure that helped all of your kiddos understand and be a little less frightened.

Erica Bohrer said...

Glad you are ok Amy! Being a great teacher is being flexible and going with teachable moments. I love your tornado picture. Great job!

Think, Wonder, & Teach said...

What a great way to calm and anxiety filled classroom! I am so glad to hear that you all are okay!


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Mrs. Lamb said...

If a tornado can be cute yours is! I was watching the weather channel that morning and y'alls little town on there. Glad you're all ok. We teach weather in 2nd grade here and as I was showing a tornado video a warning came over the speaker! Could it be better timing!

Mary said...

What a great lesson! I was in a tornado as a kid and all I remember is how LOUD it was!

My little guy did his science fair project on tornados - we skipped the usual tornado in a bottle and went for something more like the real thing, without the destruction and loud sounds.

Mrs. Cupcake said...

What a great way to turn something scary into a fun lesson for the kids!
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Suzstamps said...

So happy that you are all safe! Tornadoes are just one of the reasons I am glad I live in Vermont. Have a blessed Easter.

~brookeb~ said...

Stories like this make me so thankful that I live in a tornado free area. Glad to hear all is well.
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krazy4writing (Heidi) said...

Well, you really whipped that tornado lesson up quick as a wink....The student examples turned out great too.

Cynthia said...

What a great teachable moment!

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Tori said...

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Miss DeCarbo said...

What a wonderful teachable moment for you and your students. I admire you for your ability to understand the little minds of your students and be flexible in your teaching. :) So glad you are all safe and sound.

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