Thursday, April 26, 2012

I've caught the bug!

Yup...I caught the bug that has been going around my classroom. I don't have a fever, however but I have this annoying cough and keep losing my voice. Ugh! This is going to be a quick post as I'm going to go to bed soon, so that I can get more rest. I feel bad that I haven't posted anything from my Insect Units. Here is some quick pictures of a few things that my Kindergarteners did.

In Kindergarten, we learned about Butterflies. We read "From Butterfly to Caterpillar" by Deborah Heiligmam, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, "Butterflies (Pebble Plus: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs)" by Fran Howard, and "Clara Caterpillar" by Pamela Duncan Edwards. There are a few more but I just can't think of them right now. We created this Anchor Chart after reading "From Butterfly to Caterpillar".
My students recalled the facts from the text. The next day we discussed informational text. I adapted this Anchor Chart idea from Kreative in Kinder.
We used information from the chart to create this example. My kindergarteners then created their own Informational Text about butterflies. Here is some of their work.
This little darling wrote: Butterflies are pretty. Butterflies are nice. Butterflies drink nectar. Butterflies have 6 legs. Butterflies migrate.
This little man wrote: Butterflies are nice. Butterflies are insects. They drink nectar. They have 4 wings. They have antenna.

I also do poems in the classroom to promote fluency. At the beginning of the week, they write them or glue them in their poetry book. Then they illustrate the poem on the other page. Here are two poems we did.

Side Note: On the poem/song above my heart sank the other day. We had a conference. Our conferences are a little different since all 3 teachers are in attendance. Well, my room was where the kids were while we were meeting with the parents in the other room. There is an adjoining door. I didn't notice it that afternoon, but I noticed the next morning that on the blank space, the student's sibling decided to write their names there in marker. I was devastated. My clustermate mentioned that I could just cut the bottom off and still save it, which I did but it was still heartbreaking. Have you ever had that happen to you?

Well, I'm going to head off to bed and get some much needed rest for the voice that I keep losing. Very hard to do with a toddler! I will be back tomorrow to finish up the rest of the unit.


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