I am linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Thank you Kacey for hosting this!
This week some of our mini lessons for Writer's Workshop focused on using fun texts- different sizes, different ways of writing, and speech bubbles. We have been working on adding details to both our writing and our drawing, and using these extras are fun ways to add some details.
I started our speech bubble lesson like this: (Several of my little sweeties took the pictures of me. This too a while...)
Then we read some of my FAVORITE stories that use lots of speech bubbles:
1. Any and every Piggie and Elephant book or Pigeon book by Mo Willems
2. Swim, Swim by Lerch
If you haven't read this story, it's a cute one- all written with speech bubbles. The kids love it. This is from Amazon:
Lerch is one sassy, snazzy fish who seems to have it all: good looks, charm, a great sense of humor, and a perfect smile. But he's lonely (the bubbles and the pebbles ain't talkin'!) and wants to find a friend. But where? Then, with the help of an unexpected "admirer," Lerch meets Dinah, and it's true love from first glance.
The kids love this story because the cat calls Lerch, "Lunch" and Dinah, "Dinner", so they are SURE it will end badly... (spoiler alert- it doesn't.)
After we read the stories, we review how to write the words coming out of the speech bubbles. This sounds simple and like common sense, but lots of the children want to write the words backwards, like they are coming out of the animal's mouth with the last letter coming out last and the first letter over to the right.
We do two quick writing activities with speech bubbles that the kids love. First, I have each child fold a paper in half, so they have four sections (two front/two back) to draw animals. We talk about what different animals say or could say. I remind them to use lots of detail in the picture and to be brave and try different things. Here are some of my sample pictures. (No, I don't just draw that way so the kids feel better about themselves... sadly that is really my ability level.)
First, we read Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm.
The children color this sheet of animals:
here if you would like it. Of course there are lots of papers with animal pictures- and you can use any type of animal you would like. I just liked the farm animals because it gave the children lots of options for what the animals may say.
One of our other mini lessons for the week focused on identifying characters and settings in stories. We used our farm animals as characters in a drawing we made. We did this one together. We decided that our setting would be a barnyard. We talked about what we might find in a barnyard or on a farm. We talked about where each animal might be on that farm, and what each one may be saying. Then, we glued on our animals and added speech bubbles to our picture.
The children "bubble cut" the animals. Is that a real thing or just something that I say when I want the kids to just cut something out but not worry about cutting exactly on the line of the object? Anyway, that's what I call it!
(I liked how this pig was muddy!)
I found these little chocolate carrots (CHEAP- Palmer chocolate, so they were only $1) that I bought to save for when we do some activities with The Carrot Seed after Easter- so go get some if you want them! The won't be around when I actually want to do my lesson with carrots after Easter.
I found these cute pictures from Miss Lee that will be great for sequencing the story!
We are working on how-to books, now, too- so "How to Grow a Carrot" would be a great book for the children to write using first, next, then, and last.
I always read The Carrot Seed and Tops and Bottoms together.
This art project from Art Projects for Kids really shows how the root vegetables grow underground. It would be great to use with both these books! Don't you love the colors?
(I honestly do not make my redheads sit at the same table! I have even more that these cuties!)
Common Core ELA: Spring Edition!
Today was BEAUTIFUL-the first of its kind.
Me, myself, and I The kids HAD to get outside for some fresh air. First I took everyone's picture for our Swing into Spring pictures to put over the lockers. I love to use pictures of the children because that way they can find their lockers. Art projects above lockers all sort of look the same to them, and it is confusing.
If you missed my post about some of our Easter activities, you can see it HERE! Here are some of the things we did that are in that post-
Fun with Good Job, Jellybean-
These sweet little bunny necklaces-
Our bunny hats and "If I were the Easter bunny" stories-
And I will leave you with this. This was a HUGE celebration on Tuesday- our first morning glory! Yay!
Happy, Happy Weekend!