My school year has already begun. Today is the ninth day of school and it feels like it has passed a blur. All I remember clearly is that I am working with the best group of third grade students this year. They are not officially mine, but I do borrow them for thirty minutes a day four times a week (starting next week). This week I have only had them twice, but they were wonderful each time. I am teaching science this year and I am working on teaching vocabulary and incorporating different kinds of texts (texts other than the science textbook) into the lessons.
One of my favorite authors is Amy Krouse Rosenthal and I am going to use her book The Wonder Book. The Wonder Book is a collection of poems, drawings, and wonderings about a variety of subjects. I am only going to use two.
After I introduce the vocabulary for my vertebrate/invertebrate lessons, I am going to read (and show using an Elmo) the wonder pages to the students. Then I am going to give my students a sheet that has students with wonder bubbles above them and have them write "I Wonder" statements about our topic. As a culminating activity for Unit 1 (Classification of Vertebrates and Invertebrates) and Unit 2 (Body Systems - Respiratory and Muscular), I am going to have my class create a periodic table like the one she created for table manners. Click HERE or on the picture to download your copies of the activities.
Also, I had the wonderful opportunity to guest post on Tales From Outside the Classroom this week. I wrote about teaching vocabulary in an interactive way and provided a few freebies. Go check it out by clicking on Tessa's blog button below or clicking HERE.
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