Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Winding Down

I have to admit I'm getting a little jealous of everyone already on summer vacation.  These last couple of weeks seem to be dragging by!  Thankfully, we've had some fun things to do, so that does help a little.  My students have been working in their memory books, and they've been a huge hit with my students.  They're only completing a page or two a day, so they're not quite finished.  I have absolutely LOVED reading their responses.  Some of them have been so sweet and heart-warming, and some well......make me wonder.  Here's a picture of one that really cracked me up that I just had to share.  The page says, "My hero is...because..."  Hopefully it's not too blurry to read the response.
I also tried out something new that I will definitely do again next year.  Since we don't have any textbooks in my school, it can be a real challenge to find grade-level appropriate reading materials that actually teache our standards, so I had my students create a class science textbook.  I broke my students into small groups and assigned each group a different unit (habitats, adaptations, rocks, etc.)  The groups were responsible for recording the major facts that they learned in the unit, as well as included pictures, diagrams, vocabulary words, and other nonfiction text features.  When all of the pages were finished, we added a table of contents and glossary.  This was a great way to reinforce the science concepts my students had learned throughout the year, as well as review nonfiction text skills.  I took pictures of a few of the pages, and I definitely should have scanned them, but I've been having all kinds of technical difficulties lately.

I glued all of the pages front to back and bound everything together to make an actual looking book.  If I'm feeling fancy, next year I may scan everything and print it out as a booklet.


Lori said...

I absolutely love these class made science textbooks! They have to really know their stuff to be able to teach others about it. :)
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RealOCteachers said...

The textbook is such a great idea! My students have textbooks, but it would be such a great project at the end of a science or social studies unit. It is also a great way to tie in nonfiction text features by making sure they have so many different types of features in their textbook.

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Jordan said...

I love the idea of having your class make science textbooks. What a great way to have kids learn content, learn to write about non-fiction content, and then be able to share it.

Brandi said...

I love the idea of having kids make a science textbook. I agree that it would be great at the end of a unit!


April Walker said...

What a great review idea!
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Mrs. Corbitt said...

That's an awesome idea to have your kiddos make a science textbook! At my school we have a science textbook but according to Fry's Readability Graph it is written on an 8th grade level (I teach 3rd grade just like you) so it's not exactly the most helpful resource out there. I will definitely keep this in mind for next year. Thanks again for the idea!!!

savingtheworldduringnanowrimo said...

OMG!! My oldest girl would love to make her own textbooks! And you laminated them! We keep telling our kids the big threes of learning: hear it, do it, and teach it. This will definately help her teach it, as she has two younger siblings, which I ask her to teach them some simple things. I bet they would love to do this too!

Kristi said...

I love this idea! I'm gonna have to steal it. AWESOME!!!

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