We had an awesome day today and got so much accomplished. We are still working on dictionary skills and I am constantly drilling ABC order in their heads. We teach ABC order to the first letter and the kids have done wonderful with it! When it comes to ABC to the 2nd and 3rd letter the kids have a hard time but they must know it in order to use the dictionary! So I have been doing activities with them to help reinforce those skills. I made this little lady bug activity and it went really well!
First I made little cards with guide words on them and passed them out to the students. I had them write the guide words on the wings. Next I had them write the alphabet on the top of their paper and circle the 2nd letter of each word so that they would know which letters came between those letters. That really helped them choose words.
The higher students I encouraged not to use a dictionary and to come up with these words on their own. For some strugglers I allowed them to use a dictionary for help. I really think it helped them to understand how this works and they had fun doing it! They loved the lady bugs!
Here is your free copy!
In science we are working on light and shadows. We discussed some shadow facts together and recorded some of the facts that we have learned this week. Next I turned on my projector to my mimio and had the students stand in front of the board to cast a shadow. I used to use my projector but we got rid of all of those. So if you still have a regular projector those work great too!
We discussed how when you stand closer to the board the shadow gets smaller and when you are farther away the shadow gets bigger. Then I traced each students shadow while they were all working on their shadow writing. Next, the children cut them out and glued them onto white paper. I always like to put these up before conferences because the parents love them! I would love to have one of these of my son to look at 10 years from now!
They turned out soooo good!!!