My mentor teacher is amazing! She never lets ANY opportunity for learning pass by. Ever. She has students doing flash cards on the bus on a field trip. If there is an assembly at school, the students are quizzing each other during the time before the assembly starts. She is ALL about the learning...and I love it!!
She asked me to create a craft the students could make for Grandparent's Lunch at school. It could not just be your typical "I'm Thankful for You" craft. It had to have a learning theme! I thought about it all weekend and searched Pinterest. I found NOTHING that showed what the students were learning in school. What to do? What to do? I wrote a poem!!
We printed those out and stuck them inside this cute little turkey. I did find the inspiration for this turkey on Pinterest. I love the different sized googly eyes! The students signed their name on the inside. Done!! Super fast and easy. I would love to know if any of the Grandparents did quiz the kids on their multiplication facts during lunch!
I'm so thankful for such an awesome mentor teacher this year. I had actually requested another school but God knew what I needed!!! I'm thankful that I will be graduating in less than 175 days. Lots to learn between now and then. Happy Turkey Month!
Friday, November 15, 2013
The first day we focused on Inference. I made my first anchor chart with the students. For those of you that don't know me I am very crafty....with a computer! I am not crafty with anything I have to free hand!! So, let's just say I need a little practice on making anchor charts quickly and making them look nice. Please don't judge me on my not-so-teacherish handwriting! I'm working on it! I could have made it look much nicer if I had done it in advance, but I love making an anchor chart WITH THE STUDENTS so they can contribute!
The second day I did a close read on a passage that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers on Corn. I found this bundle of Close Reading Passages that were on sale so I got all 20 of these passages for half price. Go check it out here! During my lesson the students read the same passage four times. They did awesome at annotating the text and using the text as evidence for their answers!
The third day I did a read-aloud lesson on the book Corn by Gail Gibbons. This lesson was also my science lesson. Gail Gibbons is a wonderful author and illustrator. Her books are very informative and appealing. Anyone that wants to buy me any of her books for my classroom, feel free!
After we did the read-aloud I had an ear of corn for each group of students to examine. They looked at the corn and created their own word bank about the ear of corn and then wrote a descriptive paragraph about that ear of corn. I wanted to do an experiment with popping corn on the cob in the microwave but I could not find popcorn on the cob anywhere!! I bought this Corn by Gail Gibbons Unit on Teachers pay Teachers to use as my reference for this lesson.
I found it challenging to pick a topic and teach the topic. I wish I could have picked a skill and taught the same skill all week, like Inference. It was a challenge to have my lessons build off of each other based on a topic and not a skill. The students were not learning about corn in science so it was just a random lesson for them. But, they loved it and did well! I wish I could post some pics of the students during these lessons...oh well. Just picture a bunch of super cute third graders. I'm loving these kids!