|Informative writing about Johnny Appleseed|
|Student Project - Finding Key Details About Johnny Appleseed|
|Asking Questions While We Read|
During the beginning of the year we have focused on accountable talk and are moving on to asking and answering questions throughout our reading. This week we will be reading informational books on John Chapman, the apple life cycle and apple harvesting. My mentor text will be Apples by Gail Gibbons. Every day I will model asking and answering questions in the mentor text. The students will be released for group work afterwards to create questions in a text. Once they have their questions, they will move on to answering their questions. When this process is done, they will produce posters with facts about their topic. On Friday, we will enjoy warm applesauce while each group presents what they learned. This process encompasses several standards including speaking and listening. Students love making something that they get to present to the class. This really boosts their self esteem. Along with increased self esteem, they also will also have increased engagement.
Did you know that you can print poster size on your printer? I didn't know until my good friend Amna from Teach Two Reach told me about it. Doing this allows you to produce larger images for the students to use for their posters. It also allows you to print anchors that might be important for the topic. I have included a visual below for you.
|Print in Poster Size from Your Home Printer|
Flash back to First Grade.
|Apple Stain Glass|
Last year we used die cuts to produce empty apple templates. I cut contact paper to place over the templates. The students were then able to place tissue on the contact paper and make "stained glass" apples.
|Applesauce For The Busy Teacher|
|Persuasive Apple Writing - Which one should we try?|