November 22

Persuasive Turkeys

We are learning to put together a paragraph with a main idea, supporting details, and a closing sentence.  Our first published attempt was this persuasive paragraph.  So pleased with their first effort.

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November 21

Similes

Similes are one type of figurative language. They are used to compare two things using either “like” or “as”. We are identifying them in literature and looking for ways to incorporate them into our own writing.

We wrote similes of one of our classmates using the story, Quick as a Cricket, as our model. Be sure to visit our hallway to read them all.


November 20

Native American Necklaces

Thresa shared the Native American legend about turquoise with us and then we used turquoise and other beads to make necklaces.  “Legend has it that the Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become SkyStone or turquoise.”

November 18

Powhatan Village

We have just completed a Powhatan village from the Eastern Woodlands region of the United States. The children worked in teams of three. Each team created a wigwam, canoe, fire pit, and tree. Then each child selected animals and natives to place in the village.

The Powhatan people lived in wigwams and traveled by foot or canoe.  The men hunted, made tools and traps, and protected the village.  The women made the wigwams, gathered nuts and berries, and farmed. Pocahontas was a Powhatan.

The children really enjoyed this hands-on collaborative activity!

November 18

Alliteration

We have been learning to identify alliteration and then use it in our writing.  Alliteration is when a beginning sound is used repetitively. ( It may or may not be the same letter.)  Alliteration is another type of figurative language.  We also discovered that alliteration is used in many names and titles.

November 15

3D Shapes

We created pyramids and prisms using marshmallows as vertices and toothpicks and stirrers as edges.  This is a great hands-on activity to discover the parts of geometric solids.  We also discovered that shapes constructed of squares and rectangles are much weaker than those made from triangles (a little physics lesson).

Looking for a fun indoor activity?  Give your child a bag of marshmallows and a box of toothpicks and watch their creativity!

Go to this site to play a shape game. Click here.

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