The first step to recovery is admitting it, right?
I have a confession.
I am addicted to books.
Big books, small books, square books, round books.
Long books, short books, chapter books, picture books.
I don't discriminate, I love em' all!
So obv. I LOVE Collaboration Cuties Mentor Text linky where I get to share books I love and get so many suggestions from others to feed my addiction! (Who wants to be in recovery from a book addiction, anyways? ;) )
This weeks topic: SCIENCE
I don't teach Science, but my teaching partner and I try to work hand in hand and build off of each other. She does an an entire weather unit where they talk about precipitation and make weather predictions. I like to pair this book up with her lessons:
How ADORABLE and beautiful is this cover?!
I try and integrate all subjects as much as possible, and I love using poetry to get my kiddos more exposure to different types of writing! This book has 20 different poems written by famous poets (like Carl Sandburg). They are all about precipitation. They're divided up by season, too so it's great to teach about the changing of the seasons and what precipitation is like.
I teach this fairly simply. We read 4 poems a day for a week. Day one we read the first four poems and journal about our thoughts. We discuss the meanings and write our thoughts and connections. Day 2 we compare and contrast. We compare various poems with a simple venn diagram and share our findings. Day 3-4 we usually take the poems and use them to make connections to our own weather during those seasons. Day 5 we write our own "precipitation poems" based on the weather we're having. I have a cute umbrella shape the kiddos trace and write their poem on it! (Hopefully I can turn that into a TPT product here soon and post it for y'all!)
So there you have it! A simple way to integrate LA and Science:)
I'm gonna kill two birds with one stone here (awful to say considering it's almost Earth Day, I know!)
I'm also linking up with Latoya at Flying into First Grade since I've missed this amazing linky the last two weeks!
This week's topic: 3 favorite places in our second homes, our classrooms!
1. Our Reading Corner:
I love the bright colors and comfy/coziness of our reading corner. i've added lamps and a few other comfy chairs since this picture was taken! The kiddos LOVE curling up with a good book in this area (I'm known to sit and grade in it after school, too!)
2. Daily 5 and I Can Statement Boards:
I love being able to have such large bulletin boards to hang information up! I love the look of thee two cute boards :)
Happy Sunday everyone! Have a great week! We are celebrating Earth Day tomorrow in our classroom with a little Lorax Craftivity! We read the book on Friday and started working on our writings! Tomorrow we will take time out of test prep review and make our craft and watch the movie!
Click here to download this product from my TPT store. Also, comment with how you celebrate Earth Day in your classroom and I will pick a winner tomorrow to get this pack for free! Make sure to leave your email in the comment :)