Last week we only had 3 instructional days because Monday and Tuesday were are systems Fall Break!!!!! The teachers and students NEEDED a break! I guess a 3 day week would be considered a "Short Week" but I feel like we crammed in a full weeks work of instruction. Take a Peek at our "Short Week"
Wednesday was our Christopher Columbus themed day. From morning work, to Reading, small groups, and writing were all in relation to Christopher Columbus.We were so busy that I did not have time to take any pictures on Wednesday....that's a good problem, right?
Thursday we continued our study of Bats. As creepy as this creature seems to me, they are so interesting to learn about. Bats are mammals just like we are....the kids LOVE that fact!Of course I did a few read alouds and we had a group discussion about Bats. We did not do a usual centers this week since it was only 3 days . We tried something new and I would say it was a huge success! The entire room was SILENT...that's right...without me even asking them!?!
Check out our "Bat Fact Find" activity: We all assembled our books just liked we do our Math Journals. Then they labeled each page Bat Fact # 1-Bat Fact # 10. This way they could keep track and be sure they recorded all of the facts. Then they each were given a CLIPBOARD (they were pumped) and traveled around the room to locate each of the 10 facts. Last they illustrated their books.
Friday or "Fun Friday" because I checked out the Ipad cart for the morning portion of our day. That means Grammar, Math, and some of our Reading Block were completed using the Ipads! The Ipads are awesome and really get students excited and enjoying learning!