Friday, February 26, 2016

Bunnies and Eggs

       During February I need to engage my students in thinking about our Easter service project.  My students make and fill  Easter baskets for a local food pantry.  
      The baskets all have a tag.  The tags identify if the baskets is made for a "Little boy" , "Little girl",  Older boy", or "Older girl".  I went to the paint department of local stores to collect paint swatches to make these tags. Large tags were used for the bunnies and small swatches became the eggs.















     
These paint swatches have such wonderful colors.  My students are very diligent when cutting out the eggs and bunnies.  I am so very proud of my 5th graders because they are kind and generous. They enjoy making things to give to others.

Think Spring!
Beti 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday




Show and Tell Tuesday
I am linking up with Forever in Fifth Grade for Show and Tell Tuesday.   Please check out all the ideas.


                I love having my students make flip charts!
We worked on a FLIP MAP for the New England Colonies last week.

This is the finished map.
 


This is the base map.











          Once the map is colored, cut and glued the students wrote information under each flap to use as a study guide.  We added information such as the founder,reason for founding, date established, geography, climate, natural resources, and industries. 
        My 5th graders like hands on activities. 

 Please leave a comment if you have a little extra time.  I'd love to hear from you.
  Have a Fabulous February!
Beti 

 
 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6 Review Stations

               We all need to review course material for tests or quizzes at sometime or another.  I had to come up with something new and keep my 5th grade Social Studies students moving while learning.  
           The New England Colonies were being studied this past week.  I wrote 30 questions that could be answered by very short answers.  These questions were divided into six "stations" of five questions each.  The questions were written on separate sheets of paper.

    6 Review Stations
















            The  six stations are labeled A - F and placed around the room.

Next the children made their own recording sheet on loose leaf.



            Groups of students were chosen randomly by picking sticks.  The groups  went to their assigned station.  The students were instructed to silently read a question, move away, and write their answer on the recording sheet or find the information in their notes and then write the answer.  Each child goes back to read the next question and to write their answer.  After all five questions are completed by each member of the group, the members come together to talk over their answers.
         At the sound of a bell, the groups move to the next station and repeat the process.
        The kids loved it!  They were engaged in the activity and worked so diligently.  I was very impressed.
         






















      Have you used stations to review a topic?  I will use this strategy again.

Please leave a short comment. I love to read our thoughts.
    Enjoy the day

Beti  

    

Monday, February 8, 2016

Miracles of Jesus Books

                By teaching Religion I can incorporate writing skills that are so very important in 5th grade.  One chapter in our Religion book concerns the miracles of Jesus.  We spend a day reading many miracle stories from the Bible.  
            To involve my students in really knowing these stories I have them write a miracle story in the words that a younger student would understand.  
The story is broken up into six parts or simple sentences. Vocabulary is changed to text readable for 1st and second grade students.  The great thing is that the 1st and 2nd graders are learning these same stories in their Religion classes at this time of year. 
             Illustrations are drawn and the text is typed into a word document. 
The text for each page is typed  so it can be cut and glued to the correct page. 
Laminating and binding is done to complete each book.

Calming of the Sea








 The Paralytic Man








  
          The best part of this project  for my students is to take their book to a Kindergarten, first, or second grade class and read their story. My 5th graders become traveling story tellers. They are very eager to share their work and knowledge to younger children.  
       Finally, the books are given to the first grade classes to keep in their classroom libraries. These stories become well read and loved by the younger students.  As the years go by, these students remember reading these books and are eager to write a story of their own in 5th grade.
       I love this project is cross curricular and can be used on so many levels.

Please leave a comment if you have a spare minute in your busy day. I really enjoy reading your comments.



Have a marvelous Monday and a blessed day!