Sunday, March 12, 2017

Owl Open House and a Little Fiction/Nonfiction Fun

 Hello Everyone!
I am coming to the end of my Spring Break already! It was wonderful to have time with my family.  We got to spend a little bit of rainy, cold time down in Galveston---I have been known to sit on the beach in the rain!!  I just love the sound of the surf---relaxes me!!!
But it's time to get back in school mode!  I want to share a bit of how our owl unit turned out.  We were able to do so many of the activities from the owl unit I shared a while back, and display some great work for open house! Here are a few pictures!

We've been working on adding dialogue to our writing, so we decided to add some speech bubbles to our Owl Babies!















 







We ended up using bananas and Bugles for our owl snacks!!







We made some cute owl bags to hold all of our owl work.  Patterns are in the updated unit!




We had fun exploring feathers!!

We learned so much about and through the owl unit!! 
If you grabbed it a while back, go ahead and re-download.  I added a bit and fixed some typos!! :)

This coming week we will be working on the features of nonfiction text. I've updated that unit as well. It is so important that kids understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction and how the authors have specific reasons for their work. We have worked hard on the parts of fiction stories, so spending time comparing the two genres is valuable.  Here are a few pics from my updated unit.







I will gather as many books as I can that are similar in topic, but obviously fiction and nonfiction. We will do picture walks and text feature walks as we sort, compare and contrast. We will work on retelling each genre and going on scavenger hunts!!

Ok!  I know, short and sweet, but I need to take some time to enjoy these last few hours of my break!  Off to watch a movie with my sweetie!!! Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week---I know some of you are on break this coming week!!!  Enjoy!!!
I'll be back soon!!  We've got some fun St. Patrick's day activities planned!
Joyfully!
Nancy



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Word Surgery and a New Unit on Owls!

Hello Everyone!!
Finally had a few minutes to sit and write a post!  I know I don't have to tell you how busy life can get.  Sometimes it's hard to carve out some time to create and share!!  Thanks for your patience!
Last week we worked very hard on reading and writing contractions.  On Friday I pulled out our "Word Surgery" unit along with all the doctor supplies.  I love this unit for so many reasons.  You know that adding a hands on element to any lesson helps kids to internalize key concepts. But don't forget that role playing also adds a fun element!!  I turned my students into little surgeons!  I have posted this before, but my kids really loved it this year, so I thought I share it again!!!









Kids were able to choose their "patients." (words that could be turned into contractions)  Then, donning their doctor garb, they cut the patient, and stitched it back together!!  Words ended up in the recovery room.  I think we have some future doctors on our hands!!! Great job kids!!!
If you would like to try this:
You can CLICK HERE!!! :) for the unit!!!




The unit also includes some fun ways to add interesting words (adjectives and adverbs) to sentences!!! We'll work on that next!!!

Starting next week we begin a 2-3 week unit on the characteristics, adaptations, life cycles, etc. of animals.  We decided to take one animal and really research the differences and wonder of it.  To go along with the whole camping theme we have going, we decided to study owls.  I have created an all inclusive  and cross curricular unit on owls, with opportunity for student research, poetry, written expression, artistic expression, and so much more!!  I am so excited to begin this journey of exploration with them.  
Here are a few pics from the 150 page unit!

















This is just a taste of what is included!!!  I hope you can use even a bit of it!!!

I can't wait to get started!!!! I'll be sure to share pics along the way! 
OK! Off to collect some feathers and write up some poetry!  Have a wonderful week, everyone! Thanks for stopping by!!!
Joyfully!
Nancy
e-mail me with questions or problems!!
nancyvb1@gmail.com
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