We have been learning about adjectives and focussing on using them in our writing.
We went out to the school garden to experience our surroundings. We thought about what we could see, hear, feel and smell.
On big posters with photos from the gardens, we recorded adjectives to describe many of the things we saw. Then we worked to use the adjectives in sentences, with a goal to write about three or more things from the garden.
The children write beautiful, descriptive sentences using their adjectives!
We read the Big Book "Hairy Bear and the Door". In the story, Hairy Bear needs to build a new door for his house. He says "a house must have a door to stop the wind and the rain." Unfortunately he hits his hand with the hammer and can't build anymore! His wife arranges for his friends to pitch in and finish building it for him.
At the end of the week, we posed a building challenge to the Room 3 and 4 students. Can you build a door for Hairy Bear? There were just two parameters: it had to be strong enough to stand up against the wind and strong enough to stand up against the rain.
We saw so much creativity in the doors that were built!
In Term 2, we began looking at Information Reports - why we might write an Information Report and what an Information Report consists of. There are four main parts: title, introduction/classification, description and conclusion.
This writing genre fit in perfectly with our focus on farms and farm animals. The children chose a farm animal that interested them the most. In groups with others who liked the same animal, they brainstormed what they knew about the animal, in particular, what it looks like, where it lives, and what it does. Then we set out to write our Reports.