Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cloudy with a chance.......

Our month has been sooooo busy, as I'm sure yours has too.
We are just finishing up a weather unit so I wanted to share a few things.

No weather unit is complete without reading....
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

It's so funny that they kids all yell, "hey, that's a movie not a book" lol
We wanted to make a bulletin board of the 
town of Chewandswallow,
so we broke up into groups and each group made a house, store, business, etc.
to contribute to the town.
We had a "Toys R Us,"
a hospital,
a school (and many others).

After making buildings, they individually made food of all kinds.
We had all of their food "raining" from the sky over the
town of Chewandswallow.
This board is in the hallway outside my classroom and right next to the restroom.
I think it has provided a lot of conversation for kids waiting in line:)

In writing, we were working on informational writing and 
we decided to do it inside a friendly letter.
We had already gone over letters, but felt they needed a good review.

If you have not seen the writing packets that were done by Martha over at Primary Paradise
then you are really missing out.
I have both of her writing units and they are FANTASTIC.

That's what we used for letter writing.

First we went over her diagram, to help them remember the 5 parts
and where they go in the letter.
This is sooooo cute and helpful.
Next, we did her cut and paste activity to make sure they had it down.

Then came our class model.

Together we wrote a letter to Ms. Paula (our Science Lab teacher).
I told them that a cyclone hit our town last night and I wasn't sure if Ms. Paula
knew what that was, so we would need to tell her in our letter.

Here is our example.
After modeling, I left them all choose the kind of storm they were interested in.
We had a lot of nonfiction books from our library to help us gather facts.
After spending some time in the books, 
we completed a 4 square paper to help us organize out thoughts.
We then turned our facts into a letter to Ms. Paula.
The writing packets include papers for you to do a draft and then your final copy.

If you haven't already, go take a look at the writing packets.
You'll be glad you did:)
Hope you found an idea that you can use.
Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great ideas! We'll be starting to teach weather now that we've adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. This would be a nice way to pull in some writing.
    Laughter and Consistency


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