I apologize for the inconsistencies in our blog entries. This year, so much of our testing is happening at the same time. We have more testing to do, but I let up on it a little today just to come back together with some of our routines.
We started our day with this beautiful photograph. I asked the children to use one word to tell what they were thinking about or feeling as they looked at it. We talked about using words that didn't just name what was in the photo. Although a few kids did name things, as we went on we got other words so they could understand better what kinds of words we were sharing. We got words such as family, happy, peaceful, calm, etc. Ask me to tell you about this photograph.
We started making a wind sock today. We will finish it tomorrow and use it to talk about the wind. We reviewed some of the words we used to label the strength of the wind, and we will use those as we use our wind sock. We also read The Wind Blew, by Pat Hutchins. This is a simple story with beautiful language about a gust of wind that blows through town and the items it picks up as it blows out to sea. Then, I gave the students a piece of plain paper to draw and label the items they remembered from the story. They were told before I read the story that the challenge was to remember as many of the items as they could. First they worked on their own to draw and label, then they worked with their table group as a team. One group ended up remembering 10 of the 11 items. They had a great time with this simple challenge.
We worked on finishing up maps we worked on earlier. Some students needed to label more on the map, add a title, or just fix up their coloring.
Have a nice evening!