Aloha friends! Can you believe it is mid-April already!!?? The countdown has begun and I cannot believe how few days I have left!
We get out on May 24th. That is 27 days left to make sure my kiddos are ready for 3rd grade!! I think they are ready, but I always get a little nervous around this time. Did I do enough, what could I have done better?
Why are we so hard on ourselves? I know I have put in as much work as possible to meet everyone's needs, but somedays I feel like I need to do more. Let's just say I am getting a bit burnt out. Blah!! I have not been my usual chipper self lately and I don't like it :(
Well to alleviate my stress and give the kiddos a break too, I plan to change things up a bit over the next few weeks. I will keep you posted on some fun things I have in mind :)
I wanted to share with you a project I have been working on over the past few weeks. Last week we made some spring flowers.
We looked at some pictures of different flowers and then I told the students I wanted them to create their own to display on our bulletin board. I said they could use markers, crayons, watercolors or whatever they had on hand in their toolbox.
I love how creative they were and how each had their own style. Some were teeny, tiny and some were quite large.
I added them all up to our bulletin board and added some clouds.
This week I wanted to add to our board to complete it.
Since this is poetry month I thought it would be fun write our own poems after reading so much of it ourselves. I decided to teach them how to write a Cinquain.
I showed them the pattern and then we wrote one together. It was great to review our adjectives, nouns and verbs! They caught on very quickly and I told them I wanted them to write their own about rain. We brainstormed some vocabulary and they got busy.
Once we wrote out rough drafts I gave them a raindrop to write their poems on. I had to show them again exactly how to write it.
We had a few mistakes, but once they got it down they came out great!
I love the way it all came together. They really enjoyed reading each others poems and sharing their own. It was a great way to review parts of speech and learn a new form of poetry. It was also simple enough to get even my reluctant writers to complete it.
Just click on the pic below to grab this template :)
What fun adventures have you been up to this week? I'd love to hear what you have been working on, or what exciting things you have planned.