I love when first graders write poetry! We have been doing a unit on Free Verse Poetry. There is not a lot of emphasis on structure or perfect sentences so they have the freedom to get creative while trying out some different techniques! When I do this unit, I notice even the struggling students really excelling because of its free-form style. They have been writing poems about many different things… summer, cousins, cats… and even bacon!
We have spent a few weeks on this "Free Verse" poetry unit. Take a look at the photos below to get an idea of how it went! We still have a few more mini-lessons to go.
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Another science experiment in a jar! In March we did an experiment called Rainbow in a Jar to demonstrate different densities. Last week we used a jar to demonstrate the water cycle.
All we did was add some hot water. We pretended this water was the ocean and it was warmed up by the sun. Then we quickly place a plate on top of the mason jar to trap the water vapor that was rising. We added a few clouds (ice cubes) on top of the plate and observed! We had to wait and wait and wait very patiently until it started to rain. We did have to wait about 10 minutes for it to start raining. But when it finally did, all the kids squealed with excitement. They loved it! We reviewed our water cycle song while we did this fun experiment. You can get both the science experiment and water cycle poem over at TPT. Click here or on the picture below to download this freebie!
I love these twirly rainbows that we made! They came out so super cute! We added our three wishes in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I might leave them and have the kids replace the pot of gold and shamrock with clouds, add some weather facts, and hang them the opposite way!
This was a really fun inferencing activity. The kids loved having their friends guess their "Something Green." First we charted all the many things that are green… spinach, broccoli, snakes, trees, leaves, leprechauns. We even included some fun characters like The Hulk, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Grinch. Then we wrote three sentences (clues) and one question on our shamrock. Then we made a flippy shamrock. The shamrock flips open and shows the answer! There were lots of giggles and smiles today when they were making their guesses!