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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

'Linking' Log Cabins

I thought I was being so witty with my play on words, but it's not witty if your audience doesn't get it.

I was referencing the building logs called Lincoln Logs. Of course, my students had no idea what I was talking aout, so I had to find a picture.

A chorus of "Oooohhhh" filled my room. Ok, now I drop the cleverness...

Me- "Since we have been working on linking verbs, I decided that we would make some... Linking Log Cabins!"
Class- *crickets chirping*
Me- "Linking logs.... you Lincoln logs? Only with linking verbs?"
One student- "Oh! Like they sound the same!"

Give that child a medal! In fact, I did give him some Cub Cash. He is my new favorite. :)

We began working on linking verbs yesterday when we read the book Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat. Since 3rd grade is studying fairy tales, and I happen to love this book 'cause it gets everyone in the cowboy spirit, this book seemed the best fit.

After reading the book, we practiced speaking in our best cowboy voice. Because everyone knows, you can't learn your linking verbs without speaking like a cowboy!!

I'm sorry I don't have video of the kids. My camera is on the fritz. I'll get one uploaded as soon as I can!

So, now that we have our linking verbs, we need to know how to use them. Enter in the Linking Log Cabins! 

If you'd like a copy of the cabins, you can find them {HERE}.

Each student received 6 cabins and we filled them each with pronouns: I, he, she, it, they, and we.

Then we went through the linking verbs and filled in the logs with the corresponding verbs.

I plan on having my classes turn these cabins into a language arts/ science joint project tomorrow. Perfect timing for the school's Open House!! (tomorrow night from 6-7) Don't worry if you can't make it, I'll take pictures! ( I will find a working camera somewhere. My phone just isn't high quality.)

 I can't wait to see their finished products!

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