Sunday, January 2, 2011

Week of November 1, 2010

This week fifth graders have been field journaling, sketching nature (leaves). This process was used by Lewis and Clark when they were on their expedition while trying to find a passage to the Pacific Ocean.
Fourth and Third graders were learning more about the dictionary and its use. We completed our scavenger hunt through the dictionary which aided them in their vocabulary studies in the classroom.
Second grade students learned about bats, some bat facts, and enjoyed how Janelle Cannon formats her books. She writes a fiction story but follows up with facts about the animals within her book. We followed up with "whats your battitude" trivia questions.
First graders were introduced to illustrators through the use of Ed Emberly's book titled, Go Away Big Green Monster. We also learned that everyone uses different techniques to capture different images. We evaluated some famous children's illustrator's books such as Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, Tomie de Paola, Jerry Pinkney, Chris Van Allsburg, and Jannell Cannon.
Kindergarten compared a text set of a non fiction book titled, Scarecrows and The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown. We followed up with a lesson on details by drawing different items on a scarecrow template.