Sunday, October 22, 2017

Parts of Speech Activity and/or Assessment Idea


Need a quick and easy parts of speech activity or assessment??.....Having your students color-code the words in a sentence based on their parts of speech is a great practice activity and/or assessment.  I like to do this activity after teaching each of the different parts of speech.  I just type up some easy sentences, have my students get out their crayons, and then color-code the words in the sentences.  My students refer to our Parts of Speech Posters that are posted in our classroom to know what color to use.

Here is what the color-coded sentences look like…

Here are the posters my students refer to when color-coding.



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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poetry Unit

I like to spend a couple weeks each year teaching my students about poetry.  We do a number of fun activities in addition to reading and writing different poems.  We have a poetry battle, rank poetry, make a poetry journal, and much more! 

Here is a look into my poetry unit....

To kick off my poetry unit I have my students each complete this KWL Chart about Poetry.


We then discuss what poetry is, what a poet's purpose is, what poems can have, etc.  I use and display these posters during my unit!


Over the years I have found poems that are great for young children to listen to.  Instead of having multiple books that I have to search through to find the poem I want to read, I have typed the poems on individual pages and compiled them together.


Each day I choose two different poems to read to my class.  After reading the two poems, my students each vote on which poem they liked the best.  We fill in the Poetry Battle bracket together.  By the end of my poetry unit my class has found their all-time favorite poem (which is usually Brod Bager's poem Booger Love)!


I also like for my students to fill out the Ranking Poetry page after listening to a poem.  I like for them to fill these out after listening to poems that have the different parts of figurative language in them that we have learned about.


Here are some of the different figurative language topics that I cover during my poetry unit.  Each poster has the term, definition, and example.




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Each student makes their own Poetry Journal throughout my unit.  They choose the cover of their journal.  They color, cut, and glue it on the top of a brad folder.  Each poem the student writes gets hole-punched and added to their folder!




Each student also fills out the "About the Poet" page and adds it as the first page to their poetry journal.



Here's a look at the different poems we learn about and write throughout the unit.  I usually pick one poem a day to teach and have the students write during our allotted writing time.

Word Picture Poem
Who, What, When, Where, Why Poem 
Triplet Poem 
Shape Poem 
Quatrain Poem 
List Poem 

Limerick Poem 

-ing Poem 

I'm So Smart Poem 

Important Poem 

If It Weren't For You Poem 

If I Were...Poem 

I Wish...Poem 

I Like...Poem 

I Am Poem 

Holiday Poem 

Haiku Poem 

Free Verse Poem 

Diamante Poem 

Couplet Poem 

Color Poem 

Cinquain Poem 
Bio Poem 
Alphabet Alliteration Poem 

Adjective Poem 

5 Senses Poem 

2-Worder Poem 
Acrostic Poem 

By the end of the unit each student has a wonderful collection of poetry they have written.  I slip a parent note in the first pocket of the folder and send each student's poetry journal home.  The parent note tells the parents all the wonderful things we learned during our poetry unit and invites them to sit down with their child and read each poem their child has written.


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Parent Gift

Every year I have my students made this super cute crayon ornament and turkey gift bag to take home to their parents for a little Thanksgiving gift!
Here is what the crayon ornament looks like:
This is a super cheap parent gift!  All you need are some crayons, foam for the back, string/ribbon, Mod Podge, glitter, and a student picture.
Here are the steps to make the crayon ornament:
Step 1:  Cut out a small rectangle (about the size of the length of a crayon) on any color foam piece.

Step 2:  Hole punch two holes at the top of the rectangle.

Step 3:  Tie string or ribbon through the holes.

Step 4:  Have the students glue crayons onto their rectangle foam piece.  They can use regular glue or tacky glue.  I sometimes add a little hot glue on the crayons for an extra strong hold.

To add a little shine and sparkle I have my students paint the crayons with Mod Podge and sprinkle some glitter on top.

Step 5:  Add the student name tag and a bow.
 
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Step 6: Finally add each student's picture in the middle of the crayon frame! 



In the past I've had my students made this turkey gift bag to place their crayon ornaments in.  However, it was a huge pain to copy all the pieces on construction paper.


So I decided to remake the turkey bags for this year....

Here is what they now look like!


No more construction paper copies! 
Now I only have two pages to copy!


My students can also customize what hat and eyes they want for their bag.  So each bag is super cute and unique!


 
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