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Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 147- Lassoing Linking Verbs

We did this lesson yesterday but I didn't get the video uploaded. So, here it is!

We are working our way through our TCAP grid and linking verbs was on our list. Well, we used Cinderella for synonyms, so why not use a Cinderella spin-off for linking verbs?

I love reading this story! It's fun and it requires an accent- just pretend you're from Texas. :) Check it out for yourself! Watch the video below or click {HERE}. Thank-you, Mrs. Jackson, for filming!


Now I know you're wondering what this story has to do with linking verbs- it's all in the accent. I still remember my linking verbs even though I learned them in the 4th grade. (Thank you, Mrs. Buhler!) The key to learning them was reciting them the Cowboy Way!
You know my students loved knowing they were learning a 4th grade lesson!

So, I made a chart, it's all color coded. Yes, that's Cowboy Carl lassoing those linking verbs!

You recite the blue words first, then green, purple, and finally red. When you say the words, make sure your voice goes up on the word 'been'. Make sure to say it in a real 'countryfied' way. Then for the red words, say them r-e-a-l slow. Make each word have 3 syllables. :)

After you have the words down, now you need the Cowboy Stance. Hook your thumbs into your pant's belt loops, swagger your legs, cock your hip to the side, them begin to recite the words.

Check out my perfect Cowboy Soldiers!

Mr. Russell heard us down the hall and was jealous of our linking verb knowledge, and I was impressed with his fraction lesson, so he offered a lesson swap for today. This morning we swapped rooms and he taught my students an interactive fractions lesson and I taught his students Cowboy Linking Verbs.

All in all, I think everyone had a rootin'-tootin' good time!

This afternoon Mr. Russell had to leave early and Ms. Leahy left because she was throwing up, so we had a few extra kids in the room for reading groups. That didn't hinder our reading the TCAP prep! It did, however, hinder our our plans for science. No worries- we have time for a Tornado in a Bottle on Monday!

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  1. Those are not linking verbs on your chart. They are helping verbs. (The forms of "be" in the first column can be linking verbs, but none of the others can be.)

  2. Thanks, Karen for the distinction. I was really just going for alliteration. :)