Friday, March 22, 2013

Five for Friday- American Revolution, Geometry terms, Word Study, and Clipart!

Hey there!  Here's a flashback of our week!!  We love linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching  and with Amanda from Teaching Maddenenss!


1.  We have been teaching about the constitution and we taught about The Preamble.  Holy cow, were those founding fathers speaking English??  ;O)

We LOVE this book, and our students do too, because it puts it in kid terms!!

2.  Since we've been talking about the American Revolution and now we are talking about how the nation was built (a.k.a. how these really smart guys set up our government and how we still stand by it today) we have been reading George Washington Socks as our extended text.  (Not that it has anything to do with the government, but it is historical fiction about Washington crossing the Delaware River!)
They L-O-V-E this book!!  The author is so great and really pulls the students into the book.  She has amazing language throughout her book.  So, we took a paragraph out of this book (an idea from a teacher we work with) and "noticed" everything we could about this paragraph and how the author used craft to help us visualize the passage.  The students identified the parts of speech, the figurative language, and other word study aspects (homophones, suffixes, etc) and then illustrated it based on what the author told us in the story.  Here's an example:

We put everything we noticed on the left and the picture we saw in our mind on the right.  They had a lot of fun with it!!

3.  We have been working on the prefix auto- in word study.  I needed an activity that I could take a grade on, and so I had the students make a cartoon using 5 words that had auto- as a prefix.  They were so excited about this!!!!  Here are 2 examples:  

Sorry!  You can't read it very well!  I just wanted them to have an authentic task that wasn't just a fill-in-the-blank worksheet!!  Plus, I got to see if they really understood the words by using them in context!!

4. We are touching on geometry terms (mainly because I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind in math and they learned a lot of it in 3rd grade, so we are reviewing right now while I'm trying to focus on decimals).  Here is our geometry terms wall:

We are creating the terms with our bodies to help us remember.  I posted these out in the hall where we line up in hopes they can peruse the terms and the pictures as a reminder of these terms.  They are pretty excited about it and I caught some 4th graders from another class talking about it outside my room today, so maybe it will work!!!!  I'm just so behind I am glad to do anything that will help!!  We've always acted out the terms but this is the first time I've taken pictures of them "acting it out"!  Hopefully, it will stick!!  (My cutie that is a line has both of her hands open, which symbolizes a line that never ends!)

(These posters came from our geometry unit that you can find HERE.)

5.  Last, but not least, Stacia finished her Chick Cutie clipart set.

If you missed out on this, check THIS POST to see them in action (and to get a few FREEBIES!!)

How was your week???


  1. I love the kinesthetic aspect of your geometry terms!! That was a great idea!

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  2. Love acting out the terms! Really gets it to stick. I hear ya in the behind area. SO behind!! Like, really. But I keep telling myself it's OK because my kids actually understand what we've learned :)

    Primary Teacherhood

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  4. The one thing I loved most about teaching fourth grade was the history lessons. I miss the American Revolution and Louis and Clark! What a great post, and I am your newest follower...a fellow GA Peach! Happy Bloggin!

  5. I do not envy you guys with all this history to teach! Maybe because I always hated it in school... But our 2nd graders still can't remember the difference between Washington and Lincoln and they have probably learned about them since pre-k! I think having the kids write the little comic strip with the prefixes is a great idea! Is the template something you made?
    Literacy Spark

  6. I talk about author's craft all the time, and I love your paragraph idea! And, I love your geometry pictures. And, I love your clipart! Pretty much I love everything about you two ladies! Have a great weekend!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. I love how you put their pictures next to the geometry terms. I'm going to have to try that next year!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  8. I love the geometery photos and the comic. I'm filing those ideas away for later!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  9. I love your geometry posters with the kids pics. I am definitely going to try that!

    iTeach 1:1

  10. I love both of those books you mentioned above. Our 5th grade teacher uses the preamble one (so I don't use it in class) but it is such a great book.
    Have a great weekend!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  11. Cute stuff ladies!
    Amanda, you won a product from my TPT store for my Two Truths and a Lie linky. Stop by and claim your goodie!
    Confessions of a Teaching Junkie

  12. Love your geometry terms picture idea. I'm about to start your Geometry Unit next week so I'll use this picture idea to start it out :) And of course...I love your little chicks. I'm thinking of a project to put them in today...I can't wait to use them!

    Stephanie Ann

  13. Love your blog. It's so cute! Oh, and I am your newest follower :)


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