For our Writer's Notebook we completed an activity called Mystery Food. Similar to the mystery bags, the children were asked to think of their favorite food and list the adjectives under the correct flap then draw a detailed picture based on those adjectives below.
The children then read their list to the class (including the teachers ) to see if they could guess correctly. Teachers were not allowed to help them this time with their adjectives so they could play too! This group loves to be the teacher. Look at those smiles!
School House Rock songs are the kids favorite. This week we were working on adjectives and verbs.
The children quickly learned the simple motions for the definition- "An adjective describes a person, place, thing or idea." We sorted some adjectives into five categories and tested them in a sentence using a G.O. chart. Adjectives make sentences interesting for the reader.
The weekly song, Unpack your Adjectives was a fun video and song to sing and read. With the written lyrics, we found all the adjectives by underlining them in red . Our super sentences are color coded according to parts of speech. Learning that by adding a -y, -ish, or -ary was fun as we took nouns and checked it out.
A bag was given to each child filled with a secret item. The teacher modeled hers ( fruit stars) first. The object was to list as many adjectives as possible to describe their object, read that list to the class and if someone was able to guess they earned a prize.
The children were asked to secretly select a rock and complete a graphic organizer about the rock they selected. Once they completed their GO chart, they wrote a paragraph describing their rock. The children then sat in a circle and the rocks were all placed in the middle. As each child read their paragraph carefully, the rest of the class tried to select the correct rock. If the rock was selected correctly the listener and reading received a prize.
The more detailed and descriptive the paragraph the easier it was for the listeners to pick out the correct rock.
They enjoyed this assignment and many were able to pick out the writer's rock.
After using a magnifying glass for collecting and listing Grinch traits from a decorated tree, the children made their own Grinch. They copied their words carefully onto their Grinch. They were also allowed to use words from the previous day's large GO chart as a resource.
Each child was given a bag with a single item in it. I picked items that they were working on in math or some IEP goal area ;-). They were to quietly investigate their item using all their senses like we have been doing in science and list as many adjectives as they could think of about their item.
They then went to the front of the room with their secret bag and shared their list of adjectives. Each child was given a guessing page and drew or wrote what they thought was in each bag. The item was then shared. The children had so much fun! They also watched and listened to Unpack Your Adjectives all week ;-)
Tour form to list adjectives etc. that they are going to use when they take their puppets on their tour.
The children were asked to take a puppet on a tour of their chalk garden using the Puppet Pals App.Since our focus has been on adjectives this week, they were asked to use describing words when giving their tour.
Enjoy their puppet pal shows! More on their way. Room 15's 5th graders will be at camp as we finish these up. So the 3-4th graders get to shine here!
This project involves multiple steps and several apps to complete. The finished project spanned several periods.