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A Fiesta and Onomatopoeia’s!

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We are on the final countdown here in the Applicious Teacher room! T-minus 11 days (with kids) 
Here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks!
We did a close read of the adorable story, “Mice and Beans” by Pam Munoz Ryan. 
(Click here or the pic to see this on Amazon!) 
If you’re not familiar with this story, it’s about a lovable and forgetful grandmother and the party she tries to plan for her granddaughter by herself, or so she thinks! 
We used this story as our close read for the week. It is a great story to use around Cinco de Mayo as well!

On our first read, we discussed the structure and key words.  This is PERFECT for sequencing as the author uses the days of the week to anchor each part of the story. #thankyoufortheliteraryelements

Later we looked at the main character Rosa Maria and her *almost* forgetful ways. 
PTL for this graphic organizer from Katie King’s April Busy Teacher! I love the hair in this pic! LOL! 
We also used the story as a way to understand how author’s use pictures to tell stories. The kiddos LOVED looking for the sneaking and helpful mice through-out the story. To help practice this even more, I had the kiddos work on the activity, “Picture This!” from my Spring Days center pack. 

To do this, I gave each table group a picture from the center to study. After discussing the picture, the students filled out the information sheet on the card based off of the illustration. Then on the back, students wrote their own story using the picture as their launching point.

As a responding to literature activity, we wrote about planning our own fiestas!

Here we are sharing our final projects with a buddy. The kiddos also utilized a self checking rubric to check their work before handing it in to me. You can grab this activity here!

We also learned about onomatopoeia’s and how authors use these types of words to enhance the experience in the story. We used the book, Dinosauraumpus (Which you can find here)  to demonstrate the use of sound words. After discussing what onomatopoeia’s were, I gave each student a sticky note. As I read the book, students wrote down the sound words they heard.

Later they used their mini word bank to write a sentence using one of the sound words from the story.

Then they created an illustration to match their sentence.

The kiddos LOVED creating their own “comic” of their sentence.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share about our Africian American inventors project AND what we’ve been up to in math!

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Hi, I'm Leigh.

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