Monday, March 31, 2014

Nonfiction, Partner writing, Observations and more!

Today when students arrived in the classroom, they were so excited to see how much the caterpillars have changed since we first received them last week. We watched videos on the smartboard to show the changes and also learned how they go through something called metomorphosis. The students learned that the lifecycle starts with the egg, then goes to the caterpillar, to the chysalsis, to the butterfly. They learned about molting and what transparent means. Students worked on questioning, and also created a circle map to show what they already know about caterpillars. They even worked on creating observational drawings of what they observed the caterpillars doing and also what they observed in different texts.

questions the students came up with after looking at the smartboard

table five observes the caterpillars

students information about what they already know

E's drawing

S's drawing

Today in writing before students went to sketching, they read their personal narrative pieces to partners. They read to two different classmates and then discussed what they thought the person did well and what they could do better next time.

G and E share stories

J and D share stories

Q and P share stories

Today in reading students also learned with a double bubble map  the differences and similarities between fiction and nonfiction. To help with this at home, make sure you are reading both types of books!

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