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.
I know that my class are a creative bunch but this week they have once again amazed me! I have always been a little dubious about the quality of 'shape poems', but decided to give them another go. I am so glad I did!
We began by developing a bank of powerful vocabulary. I am a bit tired of vocab. banks so we used Tagxedo. For those of you who haven't used this yet, it's a fantastic free online resource! It's a little like Wordle, but you can choose the shape. We imported images. Simple ones work best usually although some shadowy pics can be effective. Here are some of our weather ones (as you can see, spelling slips when typing! Something to work on there, I think)
sTagxedo is also a great resource for children new to speaking English.
After that, the children worked with their writing buddies to put this vocabulary into fantastic sentences, using personification and other imagery. For the writing buddies, I have paired children with a 'complimentary' partner; one may be very creative, the other very accurate. It's working a treat! The children wrote their sentences on different lengths of paper to help them to create a tornado shape. You can see for yourself how beautiful the results were!
Alright, I have never been one for boring displays, but recently I have become tired of bordered rectangles! Don't get me wrong, I have one or two, but I have been experimenting with different styles.
For my Writing and Maths walls, I just used big sugar paper sheets, wrote the headers on in felt-tip pen, then stuck them on the wall at a jaunty angle! We use Maths Makes Sense, so my Maths wall is split into Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning. I just stick and scribble on it when I have something to remind them of!
For writing, I have broken the writing process down into 4 phases: researching the genre (deconstruction, pulling out the features, reading activities to explore), making a plan, writing, editing.
I've also been playing with my new window pens! Take a look on my lotus flower post.
Hi! I'm Mrs P: passionate primary school teacher!