Today we took a survey to see who wanted six more weeks of winter, who wanted an early spring, or who really didn't care which it was. Here are the results of our survey.
I quickly arranged the pictures after the children voted so they could use the ten frame arrangement to answer questions such as how many people voted for winter, spring and no preference, and how many more children voted for an early spring.
We also read an information book about groundhogs. We focused on the bold print words in the text and talked about how those words are important to remember and use in discussing or writing about a topic. Today the students wrote about a new fact they learned about groundhogs. I wrote the bold print words on the Promethean Board for the children to use as a resource in their writing and drawing. We reviewed what facts were, so students were not to write about the the groundhog and his shadow because that is not a fact but just a fun tradition.
We began upgrading our literacy stations today. The children are reading and writing so well, different types of activities were necessary to challenge them during this independent work time. We opened our Art Smart station which will be a place for students to write about art that has a connection to our content areas. We opened Buddy Reading during this time as well with a collection of books in pairs. Partners take turns reading pages. But the most popular new activity is the Quiet Conversations. I'm thrilled it's popular because our station time was quieter. Recently with so many indoor recess days, the children have had a hard time remembering to work quietly during station time. This happens every year during these winter months. Quiet Conversations is a paper and two colored pencils. Two children pick two different colors and have a written conversation. They LOVED this today!
Have a nice evening!