We have a new writing center. Children may work there after their reading centers are completed. There are a variety of activities from which to choose. I added a template for making lists which has been very popular. Max made this list for his work with Minecraft. Love seeing them choose to practice writing!
The children continue to increase their vocabulary by learning synonyms. We’ve also used the thesaurus to find exciting words for overused words like said, nice, walk, and good. There are some links to synonym games below. Some of these sites have advertisements. Please check out the sites before your child uses them.
We have been learning to identify naming parts (subjects) and telling parts (predicates), so that we know how to write complete sentences. Here are two activities that have helped us understand this concept.
We made sentence flip books. There are six naming parts on one side and six telling parts on the other. You can flip the pages and make silly sentences.
There are naming parts on one cube and telling parts on the other. Each child rolls the cubes and combines the naming and telling parts to make complete sentences.
We have learned four of the components of a story:
Setting (where and when)
We discussed various types of conflicts- between characters, within a character (a decision or illness), or with nature (storm, fire, or flood). We learned that it may take several steps to resolve a problem and that some problems are not resolved. Some books have one problem that the characters try to solve the entire story and others have a different problem in each chapter. When your child reads at home, see if he/she can identify these components. Sometimes they have to look for clues to decide when a story happens. For example: Is it snowing? Are the characters talking about a holiday? What kind of technology is used?
In this project, we created a character and then placed it in a setting. Then we had to create a problem for the character and a way that the character might resolve it. Love the creativity!