Solar system games, sharing our schema about the heart, expanding our schema by learning more facts, role model writing, and classroom makeover—this blog post has a little big of everything!
First up, cooperative learning about the solar system!
My class received a super cute invitation from Becky’s fourth grade kiddos. They invited us to play solar system games they made as a conclusion to their unit.
My students paired up with the another fourth grader in Becky’s class and they played the solar system games that her students created.
My students thought the games were out of this world (couldn’t resist!)! I was so impressed with the creativity her students had to create the rules, directions, and game boards.
My students understood exactly what to do and this was an awesome way to review our own unit on the solar system. I think those fourth graders may have also been a tad bit impressed with how much my kiddos knew!
Thanks for the invitation, Becky!
Next activity: Reading Strategy of sharing schema
Sharing our schema about the human heart! What better time to teach this unit than during February (Heart Health Month) and Valentine’s Day!?!
Ask your students to draw their schema about their heart. No, really, ask them. It is hilarious! 26 out of my 28 students drew a “Valentine’s” heart that was very cute and colored with red or pink.
So then my students gave their PARENTS homework! Look at the schema the parents had about the human heart! My students were shocked!One adult’s schema about the heart:And one student’s schema about the heart. He also wrote, “My heart is full of nice things. I like giving people things and stuff they want.”So obviously, the focus of reading workshop for this week was to EXPAND our schema about the human heart through close reading. At the end of the week, we reevaluated our schema and identified how it may have changed. This idea is part of my Love is in the Air Unit on TpT.
Next Lesson: Citizenship Unit- Role Model Writing
We published our final draft with our role model art project. I integrated this writing with our social studies unit on citizenship. So cute!
And..next…our classroom library makeover!
Bye- bye leveled Fountas and Pinnell library and HELLO to my new and improved classroom library…
NO more levels “M,N,O,P”
Nope! We spent one week of our reading workshop time doing a complete makeover for our classroom library.
Time well spent!!!
I plan to blog about the classroom library makeover (more about WHY we made this change) in more detail in a future post!
We also EXPANDED our brain files, or our schema, by learning more facts about the human heart.
Last but not least…we continued to celebrate heart heath this month and expanded our schema about the human heart by learning more facts about the heart.
(again, part of my Love Is in the Air unit on TpT) Wheew- what a week! I need to rest up this weekend- we have a very busy week at school next week. Staff meeting Monday, professional development meeting Tuesday, grade level meeting and annual reviews on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday conferences. I am already tired just thinking about all those lovely meetings. I hope you are having a wonderful relaxing weekend!