Monday, March 30, 2015

SUPER Sentences!

This month we have been really working hard to create
SUPER SENTENCES!
 







We started by distinguishing between sentences and sentence fragments.
Then we moved on to capitalization.
They had to highlight the letters that should be capitalized, and then rewrite the sentence the proper way.





Then it was time to talk about punctuation.
Periods, exclamation marks, question marks, quotation marks...oh my!
We learned that sentences are MUCH more interesting when they include adjectives.

In this activity, students chose character cards and created sentences about them.
Then it was time to choose an action card to add interesting verbs to the sentences.


Time to write paragraphs!
Students chose a page with a partial picture and had to add to the illustration. Then they wrote paragraphs about them! The checklist at the bottom of the page helped students double-check their work.
These little bitty character books were a fun activity to keep on practicing that sentence-writing!
This little flip book helped students focus on the characters, verbs/action and setting in the story. When the pages flipped, it made silly sentences!
Does your class need some help with writing SUPER sentences?
Find the pack {here}


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Celebrate Canada!

To launch our study about Canada in Grades 1-3, the Grade 8 teacher and some grade 7 & 8 students put together a morning of FUN activities to help us get excited about CANADA!
 
PIN THE LEAF ON THE FLAG
Students were blindfolded and spun around a few times. Then they had to try to put the leaf in the correct spot on the flag.
 
COIN TOSS
Students had to toss coins into the Tim Hortons cups. The total amount of coins that the group got inside the cups were tallied.


HOCKEY SHOOTOUT
It just wouldn't be a celebration about Canada without some hockey!
 Students took turns taking shots on net, and the accumulated goals per group were compared.


LEGO INUKSHUK BUILDING




Using red and white Lego, students build Inukshuks at this station.


SCOOTER RELAY


Students had to scoot around the pylons and take a shot on the net with a hockey stick and ball.


BOWLING

The groups worked together to knock over as many pins as they could, and group totals were compared.


CANADA TRIVIA


At this station, students did a Canada-themed word search as well as filled in the blanks to our national anthem: O Canada.


After the fun and games, we were treated to a delicious pancake lunch. They did a great job getting us excited about our Canada study!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Daily 5

Yes, another post about the Daily 5!
My students love it so much, they get upset if we miss it for one day :)

WORD WORK: HIDDEN WORDS
 Students wrote their spelling words using white crayons, then coloured over the words with markers, and revealed....HIDDEN WORDS!
You can find the free template for this activity from Adventures in First Grade {here}.

WORK ON WRITING
The kids are never bored in the writing centre! Check out this boy's story all about...super heroes! They also love to write about hockey :)

READ TO SELF
OK, the picture doesn't lie. Sometimes 'read to self' includes sharing a good part about the book you're reading...we'll go with that.

READ WITH A PARTNER
Cara's fluency phrase cards give great practice with words from PrePrimer to 3rd Grade. Perfect!

LISTEN TO READING 
No WiFi signal means QR code stories won't work...good thing for TumbleBooks!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Daily 5

This is my first year doing the Daily 5. I am so happy with how it is going, and with all of the great learning that is happening! My students are so independent, and are taking responsibility for their learning.

WORD WORK
 Our spelling list included digraphs, so this activity from Tara worked perfectly! Students used the picture clues to complete the words on whiteboards. Great practice!


READ WITH A PARTNER
My students can't get enough of Roll, Read, and Highlight (from Cara). A fun way to practice fluency phrases with a partner!

WORK ON WRITING
Many students are getting more confident in their writing, and are making books!

SELF SELECTED READING
Nothing makes me happier than to see this happening in the classroom!!!

LISTEN TO READING
After scanning the story's QR code and listening to the story, students fill in a little story map to show their learning.
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