This has been an exciting school year, more than usual. I created a classroom blog and both the children and myself have had a major learning experience.
My intent is to update my TeacherThinkTank based on my experiences from this school year. Until I can get this going, you can get a glimpse of what has been happening by viewing our class blog: Mrs. Cunningham’s Corner http://blogs.neisd.net/gcunni/
Students will enjoy making words with consonant blends using this Snowflake Making Words Power Point.
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
January is a great month to continue our character study of Tacky, the adorable penguin who walks to the beat of a different drummer. On the last day before our winter holiday, I read Tacky’s Christmas. The students then created their own image of Tacky using black bulletin board paper. They created decorated shirts and bow ties. We posted the penguins under the caption, “What’s Happening in 2012?”. Upon our return in January, we will read all of the books about Tacky. Students will then choose from task cards based on questioning verbs from the updated version of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Worksheets for Task Cards 1,2,3, and 5 are included.
Task Card 1 Task Card 2 Task Card 3 Task Card 5 Task Cards 4 and 6 include technology activities using Kidspiration and two online activities from Read Write Think.
Students need to know that they are the audience for an author. They are the “reader”, and the author has a message for the reader.
The message is the “big idea” or what the author is trying to tell the reader.
The author has also has a purpose for his/her writing. The purpose can be to entertain, inform, or persuade.
The visuals in this Power Point may help the student to determine the difference between the author’s message and the author’s purpose.