I thought I'd ease into outer space with a morning read aloud.
So, during our word work component at this point in the year, (after our phonics study of, course) I've been focusing a lot more on grammar and sentence structure in order to prep them for 2nd grade. This means a lot more written response!
Here is what I created:
During the afternoon, I give a mini-lesson that is science or social studies related. There is also a read-aloud with some accountable talk before they are sent of to do a task that requires them to be creative and use lots of vocabulary.
Today, we had a lot of fun making a human solar system. Then, I read a book and did a lot of thinking aloud. There were lots of opportunities to turn and talk in order to process this information.
After reading all about the planets, I told them that they were going to get a chance to create their own planet! They used torn magazine clippings to create their planet.
Then,we wrote "newspaper articles" about the breaking news!
Planet Bling Bling? Oh-No-She-Di-int! =)
I was pretty impressed with my art skills...considering the fact that I'm an AWFUL artist!
So, during my thematic studies...what am I doing? I try to get around from table to table and talk to them about what they are doing. I love listening to the types of conversations where they tell me how they are "adding rings to their planet because they decided it was a gaseous planet that wouldn't have life" GAH! =)
It's also a great time to talk back to them- especially if the are ESL and could benefit from hearing the language spoken correctly.