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Friday, August 24, 2012

Week 2- Journal review

Since we don't have a lot of wall space, we have been turning our anchor charts into mini books and gluing them into our journals.

Here are some topics we covered this week!

Parts of Speech- nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs

Action Man! (verbs)
First I had each team come up with as many action verbs as they could. The winning team received tallies in their team points. Now that we had verbs to work with, I decided it was time to introduce Action Man! I used the die-cut of a man and each student got to decorate their own person. The man was glued into our journals and we used the verbs they came up with to write all around the man.

We tried to put the verbs next to the body part that would perform the action. Some verbs could go different places. (like swim- we use arms and legs to swim!)
I did include verbs like kill and mock, although we did have a talk about how those were not particularly nice verbs. 

Story review brochure

I introduced this way of reviewing books so that my students would be familiar with the concept. I hope to use this type of review during small group reading and center time.

We reviewed this book:







I think my students enjoyed this way of reviewing and retelling books!

Cowboy linking verbs
I have done this lesson with every grade level I have taught. (you know, all 3 levels I have taught now) Last year's group (first graders) did exceptionally well. You can check out their post {HERE}. I used the same book to introduce the lesson, and my kids seemed receptive.

 Check out the video {HERE}

We will have to try this lesson again next week though. A few stinkers ruined the good mojo and we had to cut it short. We went ahead and glued the Cowboy Linking Verbs sheet into our journals for future reference.

The other 3rd grade teachers were so impressed with our work that they decided to create these mini books as well! We are so cutting-edge!

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