The highlight of literacy this week was our experiential weather center! Really, the center ended up being literacy, math, and science. The students decided what materials THEY wanted to be in the center and settled on the clothes, thermometers, supplies to build sets and backgrounds, ipads to research the weather, and all of our makerspace supplies. The favorite activity definitely was dressing up a friend for different seasons. We practiced discussing what you need to wear for certain weather and why. Some students wrote out scripts for weather reports, some created settings, and others built microphones and TV screens. We even borrowed a wind tunnel from Green Bay School and talked about what properties make things fly in the wind (weight). We will be continuing this theme next week and hopefully filming our weather reports!
We read a lot of weather/earth themed texts this week as well. We read Little Cloud by Eric Carle, and made our own cloud pictures out of cotton balls. The students then wrote what the cloud really was. For Earth Day, we read one of my very favorite books, The Lorax, and wrote how we would help the earth. And of course we had to wear Lorax mustaches too!
We went outside many days this week to enjoy the Spring weather. For Earth Day on Friday we picked up trash on the playground and talked about the importance of recycling.
Friday Eve's mom was our mystery reader and read a story about the importance of trees... fit right in for Earth Day!
It was a great week :)