Good morning everyone! I'm finally starting to do the countdown. I don't know how many days are left, but I'm counting weeks. We have only four weeks left! I know some of you are already done or have only days left. It's crunch time now!
Here are a few things we did this week.
We read several versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. First, we read the original and they sequenced the story with a Read and Sequence sheet from my Fairy Tale unit.
Then we read Jenny and the Cornstalk.
This book is the perfect book to do a Venn diagram. As I read, they would raise their hands if they found a similarity or a different. I wrote it on sentence strips (if I had more time, I would've had them write it). Then we placed it on our invisible Venn diagram.
After reading, we made sure our sentence strips were in order. We sequenced both stories using the sentence strips. This made it easier to do our writing assignment which came next. I don't have a picture of it though. :( For shared writing, we used our class venn diagram to write about how these two stories were alike and different. I really wish I took a picture! I'll update this post after I get a pic. I color coordinated it so the opening and closing sentences were one color, the similarities another color and the differences in yet another color. For this one, we retold the story together, putting similarities and differences as we went. The colors helped to see the structure of our paper. I love shared writing! It's such a nice way to teach those difficult writing skills.
Kids did their own venn diagrams on their own too.
We also read Giants Have Feelings Too. I love this book because it shows the giant's perspective.
Then we completed this worksheet:
I love this because it really makes them think about both "sides".
Here are two other books we read that are also really fun:
and for one of my guided reading reading groups, we read these from readinga-z.com
It was way too hard for most to write a comparison like this (sequencing the story and comparing together), so we used this format: Opening sentence. Name two similarities, two differences then closing.
After taking this picture, I drew two lines at the bottom in that same blue color for the closing. This was much easier!
This comes from Michelle's unit:
THere are so many cute activities in this unit!
In math, we are deep into geometry. We did a lot of activities from Jen's fabulous unit:
They loved the geoboards! There are also tons of cute flashcards in here that I love!
I also used a ton of stuff from this fabulous unit:
I love this shape flip book and my students were SO excited about the Star Wars theme.
Last but not least, I've been working on Kindergarten centers. It's late for this year, but maybe you could use it next year. Here's a peak at the menu. If you are a kinder teacher and would like to take a peak at it to give me some input before I post it, I would LOVE that!