Saturday, April 2, 2011

What have we been up to?

There's a lot happening in Room 105.  Inferring, poetry, patterns, and SPRING!  I am SO ready for spring!  We have two weeks until Spring Break, but I know that it will fly by.  There's a lot packed into those two weeks.  We have a field trip, report cards, an Author Visit, and our biggest event of the year...our Poetry Coffeehouse!  I cannot wait!

So we began our study of poetry a few weeks ago.  The students are natural poets.  We began by going outside with an "idea notebook" to just observe.  Each student found a spot on the playground, found something of interest, and began to write observations about their topic.  Some of those observations became instant poems.  Here are the poets in action. 

We have read countless collections of poetry, studied different types of poetry, and next week we begin to put it all together.  Their poems are quite amazing! Stay tuned for more info on the Coffeehouse.

In Reading Workshop, we have begun a unit on Inferring.  We started out with a "Mystery Item."  I used Abby's Mystery Box poem to introduce the students to inferring.
I gave the students clues. We could change our inference with each clue.  It was a fun way to introduce the unit.  Since then, we have been working on using pictures, text, and our schema to help us understand the meaning of unknown words and develop a better understanding of the text.  Michelle's Reading Workshop Response Sheets are great tools for each Reading Workshop unit.  We have been using her inferring sheets all week.

I am hoping that Spring returns this week. I am ready to pack away my winter coat! We started our two week unit on Spring. I found a great new book, Mud, to introduce students to spring changes.

Students also learned about turtles too and how they adjust with the seasons.  We had a special presentation.  One of my teammate's husband brought in turtles and talked with the students about their habitat, diet, and other facts.  Of course that was day I left my camera at home! We made a fun little turtle and completed a tree map.  These are displayed on our bulletin board.

I will leave you with warm thoughts.  Here are some of my girls enjoying the one day it was warm two weeks ago.  They are ready for the warmer weather.

Thank you to all my students' families and blog friends who have voted for me in the We are Teachers
mini-grant.  I truly appreciate it!  If you haven't voted yet, you can find the link in the previous post.

Enjoy the weekend!


Michelle said...

Awe- Thanks for the sweet shout out!

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