Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Punxsutawney Phil in the classroom

We had some fun with Groundhog's Day today!! 

Together, we read an article about the fun holiday and practiced the skills we have been learning about nonfiction reading. Everyone coded the text in a way that made sense for them (annotated) and then we pinpointed the important facts inside the article to help discover the main idea. We will extend this tomorrow by learning how to form opinions about different texts.

I think the students will agree that writing was even more fun! We started with the song What Does the Fox Say? (loved by some and disliked by others!) and then brainstormed: what does the groundhog say? It was cool to put ourselves in the "shoes" of a groundhog. I took brief notes on their ideas and then showed how to turn those notes into an elaborate sentence (which we have been practicing in writer's workshop), but the sentence was a talking sentence in which students practiced punctuating dialogue. There were so many creative ideas that floated around our room and the bonus was that we got to practice using quality words and punctuating dialogue!

We ended with a little coloring time!

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