Monday, March 24, 2014

Homophones and Prefixes.... OH MY!

We have been really busy in our classroom!  Our first big tackle of the week was working on homophones.  After we spent some time defining and giving examples of the 25 words we worked on last week, we read the BEST BOOK!

It is written by Gene Barretta.  It is a cute story about a deer's Aunt Ant and she writes a letter to him that starts off Dear Deer,.....  I bet you get the storyline!  So much fun and the kids loved it!  We read it together and then picked out favorite parts.  We discussed how the author used two or more sets of homophones on one set of pages.  We "noticed" that the pictures went along with what each homophone meant and how clever the author was to write a story like this.

Now for the CHALLENGE!  Yes, we love a challenge.  The kids got to either decide if they wanted to work with a partner or by themselves.  (Easy way to stick in STUDENT CHOICE from our evaluation model!)  They had to pick one or two sets of homophones and write a page like the author did in the story.  To add a little higher challenge for my top kids, they had to write more than one page.  Most of them divided their paper into four and came up with four great ideas!  We shared them and the kids rolled laughing at their amazing work!  Here are samples!

This was the first time I did this activity, but it goes in the KEEPER pile!  Completely engaging for the kids and lots of fun.

We also have been working on prefix and suffix.  We are great at identifying if it is a prefix or suffix, but we are struggling with what different prefixes or suffixes mean.  We made this flip book to help us practice. 

On the inside they had to sort a list of words that I had on the smart board and then they had to add some of their own.  Very easy to do and was a simple grade!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Dr.Seuss Fun!

Well all of the ice and snow kept us out of school for several days and we missed Dr. Seuss Week!  I was so disappointed, but we are planning to do it when we get back from spring break.  A little late, but still will be so much fun!

We did get one project done before the snow hit.

Writing is always part of everything we do.  This year I have made it a real priority to make sure that we write at least once each day.  I gave each student an outline of the hat.  We looked a different Dr. Seuss books and brainstormed what we saw.  Bright colors, crazy designs, bold stripes, and everything else they could think of.  For homework they decorated their hat anyway they wanted and wrote a paragraph to describe it.  They couldn't put their name anywhere on it and they turned it in a manila folder so no one had any idea who designed which hat.  While they kids were at music, we hung all of the hats in the hall.  We took turns reading different descriptions and the kids had two guesses to try and pick which hat belonged with it.  WHAT FUN!  The smiles on their faces when they heard all of positive comments about their hat were priceless!  

We gave away two prizes.  The criteria was simple....  the hat and the description went together.  One of my students actually took it a step further.  She wrote her paragraph in somewhat of a Dr. Suess form.  It was so cute!  Here are some up close pictures of the hats.  

This was the best activity that I have ever done for Dr. Seuss.  It's a KEEPER for years to come!

Happy Teaching!