Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring is Almost Here!

I am so excited for warmer weather!  It sure doesn't feel like spring is headed our way around here this weekend.  It is chillllyyyy.  Spring is not the only fun thing going on at school this week.  We have our Book Fair and Literature Night.  Literature Night is always fun and this year's theme is Story Laboratory!  We are pretty jazzed about it in room 13.  Our PTA decided to add a door decorating contest to the mix this year.  Check out our door!

They all wrote about what reading gives them the power to do.  They surprised me with their creative responses.  :)

We've been working hard on Comparing and Contrasting this past month.  I was so excited to find these dry erase Venn-diagrams at the Dollar Store.  Score!

They worked in groups to compare the story we working, Moving Day by Robert Kalan and A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.  It worked really well because the stories had a lot of similarities and differences.  I really liked A House for Hermit Crab because it has a lot of good vocabulary to discuss.   I included the links if you want to check them out.

Here are some of the center activities I made to go along with the skill!

This was a really big hit!  I made an interview sheet that they used to find out more information about their classmates.  They then used that information to compare and contrast themselves.  The interview sheet is included in the unit.  You can find the entire unit here!

Both of my units include differentiated practice.  Information is presented in bulleted form and then in short paragraphs.  You will also see a fun center activity included in my Compare and Contrast Unit that has students compare and contrast information about different sports.  This was really popular with my boys.  Yay!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!