Hi Sweet Friends!
I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend!
I just wanted to share some things my students have been up to these past couple of weeks.
We have been working on perimeter and area and research activities in science and reading.
Take a peek at some of our activities:
Our tiled classroom floor is perfect for an introduction to perimeter and area. I taped off several different rectangles and squares in the classroom and students had to determine the perimeter of the shape. Then a few days later each student had to determine the area of the shape.
2. Perimeter Bots- I found this idea from Ashleigh at Education Journey.
To make these perimeter bots, students were given graph paper to create their robots. Then students had to write the perimeter of each shape on their perimeter bot.
3. Cheez Its with Area
In my newest math pack called "Perimeter and Area Math Workshop and Activities", I included an activity with area and cheese crackers.
Students had so much fun with this activity. It was a great way to introduce area.
We've also been working a lot on informational text in reading. We worked on a story out of the basal these past couple of weeks called Turtle Bay. This story give so much information about ocean life and sea turtles. So I was inspired by Tara's idea from Fourth Grade Frolics to do some sea turtle research and activities with my third graders. Students were placed in groups of 4 to do research on a particular species of sea turtle. There were a total of 5 different species that we researched. Students had to find information on facts about this species, threats to this species, and nesting habits of the particular species. Fortunately, between the 2 computers and IPADS from all the other 3rd grade classes, students were able to research all of their information online. This was great practice for the students.
Students also brought in rocks to decorate their own sea turtle.
AND in science this week, my students chose their habitat to research. This activity comes from my "Animal Habitats Investigative Literacy Unit for Bigger Kids".
They did all the research in class and wrote their informational paragraph.
Students will create their habitat diorama as their project for home.
I was so proud of my sweet little third graders. They did such a TREMENDOUS job with all of their research this week. I know they learned so much about how to adequately find information and conduct their research activities. They also LOVED this and finding out new information about a topic. Many of my students said that they couldn't wait to go to school each morning because they wanted to do their research.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with one last thing. I have been working hard on my newest writing unit to use with my 3rd graders. It's finally finished, and I am looking forward to using it next week.
It's called "Power of Persuasion - Persuasive Essay Unit Mega Pack"
This 40 page unit includes the activities I use to introduce and teach my students about persuasive writing. I've included a 13 slide Power Point Presentation. I use the first part of this as my introduction to persuasive writing. Then I've included 5 mini lessons on persuasive writing activities that use picture books ( 3 of these can be found on YouTube). I use these lessons as a fun and engaging way to introduce students to persuasive writing and the persuasive techniques used by the authors of these picture books. Students create their own shoe for "Hey Little Ant" and their own pet for " I Wanna Iguana". Also included are 15 persuasive writing prompts. These prompts can be copied, laminated, cut out, and added to a book ring. I hang these in our writing center. Finally, I've included 3 different types of persuasive graphic organizers and an assessment rubric. Once my students have a better understanding of persuasive writing, I introduce the 5 steps of writing a persuasive essay that is found on the power point presentation. Then I choose a topic from an area we are currently studying for students to research the two sides of the topic and determine their belief or thesis. Students can use one of the three graphic organizers to organize their essay.
If you are interested in this persuasive writing unit, simply click on any of the pictures above to be taken to the product in TPT.
Enjoy your week!
AND I want celebrate this holiday Monday by giving the persuasive pack to the first 3 to comment below with their favorite picture book they use to teach a writing activity.