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!
Word Rumble can be a fun way to practice spelling and build fluency in writing. In class, children use a whiteboard and whiteboard pen but they can use any writing materials (and I mean any - get creative!).
If you're working together, you can facilitate by showing each slide for 5-10 seconds while the children write. At first you might allow longer, eventually you can see how quickly they can write the words. At each slide, the child should say the word, then write the word, saying the word as they write it.
Alternatively, it could be an independent activity. The children move to the next slide when they have finished writing the word.