Friday, March 7, 2014

In Like a Lion, Out Like a (Mrs.) Lamb

It was just under two months ago that we started talking about weather.  What was it? What did we want to know?  We even created our own "wonders" to steer the ship.  And steer they did.

The process, like March, was initially messy, but one thing was clear.  Our class was enamored with storms.  So once it was established that the sun is in charge of all things storms, we set off to learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, avalanches, thunderstorms, solar storms, and tsunamis.

Through countless hours of exciting, hands-on investigation, the process, like March, became more uplifting and fun.  Before we knew it, we finally had arrived at the answers to all of our original wonders.  But better yet, we had miraculously managed to answer all of our other curiosities along the way.  We simply couldn't believe we had answered so much.

As a formality, we each made a book of all of our findings.  Here's an example.

The kids took ownership and dictated what was learned.  But what about me?  I'm the teacher!  Didn't I get a say?  I wanted to have some influence on all of the fun too.  So just like the kids made me learn all this stuff about weather, I made them pretend to be storm chasers.  And as you'll see, we went out like a (Mrs.) lamb.


And just in case you're keeping a Common Core tally at home;
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10 With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.