Today is a Great Day to Learn Something New and Creative in Education
It is Sunday. I have been spending my weekend looking at chicken eggs to separate out fertilized eggs from unfertilized eggs. I am still new to this whole farming and chicken thing, but I always love the opportunity to learn something new. Good thing for great literature about chickens. I had no idea there were so many little tricks. 😊
Of course, learning about how to farm is often like learning for my students. I love the expression they get when they figure out a new study trick or learn new information. Learning itself is such an adventure. I think about that each day as I approach the instruction I will deliver.
This year my adventure in sixth grade began. I am very fortunate to have such a great group of sixth graders. I am also so very lucky to have a great team to work with. The teachers in my hall, whether they are the same content or not, and school for that matter, area amazing!
We have read the first four chapters of The Phantom Tollbooth. I have the students read the chapters and then they listen to the audio. Since the story has a lot of play on words, this helps to provide support for comprehension. We worked on static versus dynamic characters as well as vocabulary. For our lesson, I introduced the students to types of character. We discussed protagonist, antagonist, flat, round, dynamic, and static characters. The types of characters chart on the notebook page is one I found online and used. It was a simple chart that helped me provide a chart for students.
I created a chart for the students to use when looking at characters. I will attach it here for a freebie. We did Ally from Fish in a Tree as a class. You can also see the page these were added on in our Reader's Notebook.
The students did some really great writing. I am showcasing a few of those stories here. Up next, will be our spooky stories for our pen pals.
Since finishing you our unit on the 5 Themes of Geography, we started learning about landforms. Our district has a current requirement of thirty landforms. The list is extensive. I am a firm believer in creating opportunities for students to learn at their pace with some choice for activities. I created a post already, that introduced you to the Level Up: Landforms unit.
Here is some of the work students created.
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My life journey is that of a mother, wife, grandmother, weenie dog owner, blogger, conference speaker, mini-farmer, writer and a an occasional mistake maker with over 24 years in education. Follow me on Twitter @JEdgarEdConsult