Friday, September 14, 2012

Types of Sentences Craft

We are doing First Language Lessons for our 3rd and 4th graders, and every once in a while there is a great craft.  This idea came from First Language Lessons 3 by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington.  Here is an excellent example for some creative language!  We were reading about volcanoes and picking out questions, exclamations, commands, and declarative sentences.

To make this lesson more memorable, we made a volcano out of construction paper and an empty toilet paper tube.  Then we wrote sentences from our nonfiction passage, making sure to choose at least one of each type of sentence and wrote them on long strips of lava-colored construction paper.  My 9yo did this almost all by herself and had a great time pulling out each lava stream and identifying which kind of sentence it was!

This could be easily expanded to other lessons.  Get creative!  What other language art concept or nonfiction passage could something like this be used for?  I'm all ears!

Types of sentences identification after reading nonfiction passage on volcanoes.

Each lava stream coming from the top has a sentence that needs to be identified as declarative, command, question, or exclamation.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Pumpkin Mini Unit (Notebooking With Littles)

After reading the nursery rhyme Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater, I decided to flesh it out with a few hands-on activities.  We made pumpkin pancakes, which coincidentally don't work if you try to make them into muffins (yuck!), and we did some Kindergarten notebooking.

My Kindergartener saw our older girls notebooking and enjoying it, and she begged me to do notebooking with her.  Here are some ideas I came up with!

Pumpkin pancakes!

Pumpkin Cycle Notebooking

For the circle book, I drew the stages of a pumpkin, outlined it with a Sharpie, and Beeps (5) colored it.  Then I attached the orange sheet with a cut out (make sure you don't cut to the center, but leave enough paper in the middle to affix the brad; see photo).  She loved this!

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin cards


Friday, September 7, 2012

Cells: Science Notebooking

Our new science program is really inspiring me in the notebooking department.  We took a wide and complicated subject and narrowed it down so the girls would understand better.  The RS4K (Real Science 4 Kids) Biology Level 1 book did a great job of introducing cells to the girls (3rd and 4th grade), and we used these freestyle notebooking pages to cement in a few concepts!

Diagram of cell - 3rd grade

Proteins in cells are workers.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Five Kingdoms Mega Book

We are using Sonlight Science D this year.  Included with this package is the Real Science 4 Kids Level 1 Biology text.  We are really loving this book!  I like it so much, I am thinking of purchasing the other texts in this series.  I have wanted to expand on our science notebooking, and we did pretty good with it this year.  I have been using Pinterest to get my creative juices flowing, and I think it is working so far.

One of the projects we have done is to create a classification mega book of the five kingdoms.  I was so impressed with the retention the girls had after making this book.  I bought two large posterboards and cut them in fourths.  These became the pages of our mega book.  I pulled up some Wikipedia images for each of the kingdoms for the girls to draw the different bacteria, amoeba, etc.

We used this idea to attach all our pieces together to form a book.

This is the top cover of our mega book

This is the Animalia page. DD9 drew all the representative animals on this page. Lots of color!

And the Monera page.

Plantae kingdom

Fungi Kingdom page

And . . . Protista