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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 98- Similes make me smile!

Words can not express how much my students are enjoying similes!

Today we started whole group reading time by reading our story, EEK! There's a Mouse in the House!, and then one of my soldiers asked, "Mrs. Delk, can we watch another video?

Me- We haven't watched a video today. What are you talking about?
Soldier- No, the one from yesterday! Can we watch about similes again?

Like I'm going to deny my students an opportunity to further their learning! However, instead of watching the one from yesterday, we watched a different video. It's shorter, but it had video clips.

 Today they were better able to pull out the things being compared in the similes! I was much impressed!

So, we made a chart of commonly heard similes. (I found a list online)

I even managed to include a Forrest Gump reference. Not that my children noticed, or course, but I thought it was funny!As a class we turned the similes into full sentences by including a who or a what the sentence was about.

For example:
Me- My sister is as sneaky as a snake.
Soldier- Mrs. Delk, are you for real? Your real sister?
Me- Yes! My younger sister was always trying to get me into trouble and she was sneaky about it.
Soldier- Is she still sneaky?
Me- Probably, but she's not getting me into trouble anymore! :)

To be fair, I did call my sister today and told her that I was going to 'tattle' on her. She said, "That's fine, but let your kids know that we're nice to each other now!"

Not a problem.
 Hey, Soldiers! My sister and I are nice to each other now!! ;)

To practice their new skills, my students were to create sentences from the similes on the chart. Here are some examples of their work.

 Sonic is as fast as lightning. 
I'm sneaky like a snake. 
I'm cool as a cucumber. 
My mom is the pretty as a picture.

Pretty as a picture, sneaky as a snake.
Cool as a cucumber, life is a bowl of cherries.
Lie like a rug, sick as a dog.
Fast as lightning, run like the wind.

(I think you can read these)

The rock is quiet as a church mouse.
Pretty as a picture, a flower is a picture. (you get the idea)
Sick as a dog, my dog is sick.
I am fast as a lightning.

I can ran like a lightning.
My (sister) is sneak.
Ran like the wind.
Cool as cucumber.

Wonderful job, Soldiers!

Indoor recess. One of these days we WILL be able to play outside again! (Not tomorrow since it's going to rain all night, but someday!)

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