This week's positive thought is in honor of all of us who are trying many different things to keep our students (and ourselves!) engaged until the end of the year:
If you have a positive thought (or picture, story, or video) to share with the rest of us, I hope you will link up at the end of this post. It can be anything inspiring, funny, positive or motivating that you found through sources such as Pinterest or your own life. (Please don't forget to credit your source!)
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I don't know about you, but finding time to fit everything into the day is quite the challenge! I would love to have science and social studies class every day, but unfortunately, that doesn't happen. (We currently have one or the other for about 25 minutes a day.) So, given that I don't have a lot of dedicated time to these content areas, how do I incorporate these topics into our day? By bringing them into our ELA block!
As you know, April is Poetry Month. A few weeks ago, Susan at Adventures in Fourth Grade shared with me a resource that she uses to teach poetry, The Poetry Friday Anthology.
This is a great resource to use for teaching poetry throughout the year and there are poems that range from being silly to being serious. I love the variety!
This week, I chose a poem called Centipede by Micheal Rosen that talked about the important job that centipedes do in breaking down materials to create compost. From this poem, students learned that centipedes live in "sodden" (soggy) places (love the new vocabulary!) and that what they eat helps produce compost for growing other plants.
After reading this poem every day, we did a short activity -- We discussed new vocabulary (sodden, hoarded, milkweed pod), talked about figurative language used in the poem, discussed how the colon (:) is used to set off a list and more! The best part is that this only takes 10 minutes a day!
We also looked up facts about the centipede on the internet and learned some amazing things about them!
Did you know...
- Centipedes don't have 100 legs?
- They become dehydrated easily which is why they don't live in deserts very often and like to stay under damp rocks and earth?
- Their front legs are actually poisonous fangs?
- They can grow new legs to replace those that are lost when attacked by a predator?
I'm sure you are fascinated...Well, my students were and all of this came from a simple poem!
I'm excited to link up with Ideas by Jivey today for her Workshop Wednesday linky to share how I incorporate Science into my Reading block.