One of the activities I think is really cool is that she has found a website that supplied her with teeny tiny caterpillars. I wish I would have thought to take a picture when they first came. But I was to impress upon you how tiny they were just last week...smaller than a grain of rice. Now look at how big they were. The kids had fun today making predictions of how big they would get before they turned into a chrysalis. Here are the pictures I took this morning. The first one has the lid with the website , hooray for them!
Monday, April 28, 2014
I am so lucky to help out future teachers. This semester I have a practicum student-Karen Garcia-who is doing an amazing job! She will make a great teacher. Since I am the ESL teacher I have impressed upon her the importance of making content comprehensible and being sure to keep things as hands-on as possible. She is working with my first graders and has chosen to do life cycles. She has done a great job with books and activities.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
So last Friday my husband and I welcomed a new puppy into our lives. She is a teeny tiny little miniature dachshund. We already had one not-so-miniature named Tuff. Sedona is a little cutie. Today she had her vet appointment and I had a scheduling dilemma. Soooooo she came to work with me for the afternoon. Luckily we have her very comfortable with her crate (even if it's a little big for her). My second graders were so excited. I told them that with her ears being big for her tiny body she was really sensitive to noise. I have never seen them so quiet and on task. As a reward I told them they could do their fluency practice by reading to the puppy. It was so awesome and adorable.
I just recently worked through a poetry unit with my third and fourth grade English Language Learners. It was really a lot of fun. My students really enjoyed it and didn't even realize how much they were learning about nouns, verbs and adjectives as well as poetic devices such as rhythm & rhyme and alliteration and syllables. Believe it or not, their favorite type of poem to both read and write was the haiku. I can remember when I was in elementary school thinking that haiku was very challenging to write. I am so excited that they came away with positive attitudes towards poetry. I loved it!
Here are some of the anchor charts we put together: