It's been a challenging year and this week added to the challenge. Thank goodness for fun weekends that help me escape. Yesterday I visited a friend about an hour and half away in another town and went to the zoo. Had to take a pic of this guy:
This picture doesn't do justice to his size. He was enormous! Can't wait to show my friends tomorrow. We've been working hard even though we've had some issues and interruptions. We started our Science unit on the Sun and the first thing we did was create a graphic organizer for the main vocabulary words that we will encounter throughout the first chapter in the unit. I like letting the kids be creative and add color to their work whenever possible so we created a sun graphic organizer.
We also started our unit on Visualizing. My first lesson idea came from Lesson Plan SOS. I read the lyrics to Don't Laugh At Me while the kids closed their eyes and listened. Then I read them a second time and they had to draw the picture that stood out in their mind the most. After they drew their visualizations, I read them the book and we talked about our connections to how the characters felt. Such a great lesson.
|I love how this friend added setting|
detail to her explanation.
|This friend said he had to draw two|
pictures because they both stood
out at him the most.
I finally bought something for my kids to use for wiping dry erase boards. I bought some cheap black felt sheets and cut them up in fourths. They are easy to keep in the supply caddies and I can just throw them away at the end of the year. They can also easily be replaced since they were only $0.29 for a sheet!
Not a big deal but I'm hoping my scissors at work will cut my other sheets a bit more neatly. So there's my week in review. I still have some work to do tonight because I need lesson plans. Have a great week!