I completely get how important good grammar is, but I have to admit, it's a bit of a challenge to make it engaging!
I have recently been using computers to liven it up a bit. We first tried this with punctuating speech. The children could see the changes they needed to make but didn't have to copy out scores sentences! We have also added basic punctuation and corrected incorrect pieces. All I need to do is put a document on the shared drive and it makes a great independent activity.
Last week, we looked at word classes by colour-coding.
We also had a bit of fun making silly sentences with silly synonyms, using the 'synonym' feature when you right-click in Word:
I also have the children on the hunt for real-life grammar errors, usually involving apostrophes. They're bringing / emailing in their photos for a display. (Yes, I know, I'm turning them into those people everybody just loves who point out other people's grammatical inaccuracies!). I found this little gem in the doctor's office of all places - how many intelligent people should have seen this stuck to the fire exit?!
So, to be clear: use this door all the time, not just when there's a fire!
More real-life Maths! One of my children has a brother recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She was been telling me all about his diet and that she has been helping her mum to work out what he has eaten and what he can have. Ping! Light-bulb moment! (We have those in our class, too!) So, our next real-life Maths challenge was to plan his meals.
We started off by looking at what nutritional information is available and what it means, recapped units of measure quickly and reading tables.
As usual in these challenges, I encouraged the children to make their own choices about presentation. Most of them went with a table.
As a plenary, the children thought about what skills they had used and noted them below their work. It was a nice way for them to see how their Maths skills overlap in real-life situations. (It was PJ day for Children In Need - hence the dressing-gown!)
Well, it's been a while since I blogged.
Anyway, before Christmas officially takes over(I'm a bit of a Christmas-a-holic!), I thought I'd share a little more of my Extreme Weather topic.
One of the first things we did was to ask questions. The children worked in their teams to decide which were the most interesting and then each displayed theirs on a card. I chose a few and photocopied them to make a nice title page for their topic books:
I also displayed some of them on our topic wall, as debris flying out of the tornado. Speaking of which, I got impatient with myself because I kept dragging my heals with my display. As a result, I grabbed a piece of white playground chalk and scribbled a tornado on the wall and it actually looks great! I then went a bit mad with some cotton wool to make a hurricane! There are now icicles in that top-left corner, too. I'm actually pretty pleased with the results. Some of my best work is done on a whim!
I also had a fantastic supply teacher covering my class while I was off nursing my injury, so I thought I'd share some of her lovely ideas! In Maths, she gave them some real weather data about different locations from the BBC weather website (love that it wasn't a worksheet, but real data!). She then worked with them on finding the averages. They then used that to create a climate graph showing temperature and rainfall. A big thank you to Miss L! It's a great feeling to come back to find that, not only has the children's behaviour made me proud, but they have continued to learn.
Hi! I'm Mrs P: passionate primary school teacher!