Today we watched our GROWING chicks by candling our eggs! We simply used the flashlight on my phone. Out of 21 eggs, we saw 19 dancing chicks inside their eggs…2 eggs had no chick inside…they glowed all the way through! We have 6 more days until they begin hatching and we can hardly wait to sing Happy Birthday to our little chickadees!!!
We have had SO MANY engaging conversations throughout this classroom experience. We’ve made more connections than I can count…between food groups, a large variety of other oviparous animals, and life cycles of all kinds. And BEST OF ALL our lessons have crossed over all of our curricular areas…making our connections STRONGER and more meaningful!
If you haven’t ever hatched eggs in your classroom, you should DEFINITELY plan it for next year!!!
To help build Reading Fluency with my firsties, I introduce a new thematic poem each week.
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Here is a list of activities we do with our poems
*highlight rhyming words
*compare spelling patterns
*brainstorm new rhyming words
*analyze spelling patterns in the new rhyming words
My students collect their poems in a prong folder all year!
Every Monday, after they learn and add their new poem to their folder, they practice reading their old poems. They also read their poems during Read to Self and to their 3rd Grade Reading Buddies each Friday!
Then at the End of the Year, we have a POETRY PICNIC!!! We invite our parents to eat lunch with us and we share our Fluency Folders with them. We eat outside on blankets…it is SUCH. A. FUN. end of the year activity to do with families!