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Verbs in the News!

We quickly glossed over verbs before moving on to other parts of speech because verbs are once again something my students come to me knowing!

We started by watching the Flocabulary video - Verbs!  We love Flocabulary!!  We worked on an anchor chart the difference between action, linking, and helping verbs!

After a couple short review days I wanted to know we were ready to move on.  Since Noun Restaurants (creating menus and highlighting nouns) went so well I thought we could surely do something for verbs too!

Students received a "School News" template with a picture prompt.

Students also had to pull a "your story must contain" card. 

They then wrote about what happened in a news article format including the 3 different sections - which gave us a wide variety of verb types.

After writing we went back and highlighted verb types - action, linking, and helping verbs in the article in different colors. 

Students were begging for me even before we finished!  They loved how creative and a little silly it was!  

Below is an example of a picture prompt a student might receive. 

Below is the anchor chart we glued in our notebook for verbs.  Students referenced this throughout the week and was great to have for further in the year! It makes it handy to have all in one spot. 

If you liked the chart above - you can grab all the pictures by clicking on the picture below!

Welcome to the Pet Gourmet and other Noun Restaurants!

So being in 4th grade, I quickly review parts of speech before getting into structure at the beginning of the year.  Obviously, nouns gets at most 2 days of instruction since we only have about 15 min anyway because this is stressed in the earlier grades.

We reviewed nouns and special nouns - common, proper, singular, plural, concrete, and abstract.  I handed out our noun chart to glue in our notebooks for easy reference and no need to take notes.

After checking for understanding multiple times, I saw that we could move on from nouns but I wanted a more final but fun assessment.

I thought of Noun Restaurants!  Students design a menu around a self selected or random theme (which can be crazy!)  They color code the nouns in their menu to match what the class selects.

These were so fun for my students!  I even got hugged and told, "thanks for making homework fun!" They loved a chance to be creative with such an open ended assignment.

Many chose their own theme but I did include some choices as well - only serves pets, no silverware, underwater, treehouse, etc.... to get their brains going or for some that wanted a challenge.  This really served the purposes of upper elementary the best!

The entrees, desserts, appetizers they came up with and worked so hard to fit with their theme really showcased their talent.  It was a perfect quick creative assessment especially for getting back in the routine of school.  We are studying verbs next - wait till you see what I have in store!

Click the link to be taken to the templates - what do you do to practice nouns?

Nonfiction "level up" day

Many of you have asked about my Nonfiction Video Game Level Up day - all the details I have to give are below.  This will review text features, nonfiction comprehension, context clues and text structure.  Students will have to complete each level before moving on.

I was mainly inspired by this Periscope by Hope King - a Mario room that she used for reading! I watched the video to get some great ideas!  The only room items I purchased were some wall clings since I already had some tablecloths to hang up - just didn't have the funds for any other purchases.

We are using this day to wrap up our study of nonfiction which started at the beginning of the year.

Students will need to complete 4 levels to save Princess Peach!  Student will work in pairs and have a recording sheet (above) that needs to be complete.

Level 1:

Students will use this link to play the "Scatter" game on text features 3 times - teacher will initial after each time.  This will review definitions of text features.  We will see and use text features in more articles coming up on different levels.

Level 2:

Students needed to complete a context clues  sheet and check their answers with "magic" markers - color changing markers.   Here is the worksheet we used and the answer key - these are not made by me but resources I found.

Level 3:

Students will pick out of a "tunnel" an article in which they will analyze the text structure and defend it with evidence.  They will have to choose the articles randomly for this.  I created an answer key for the ones I chose.

***I picked articles specific to my students' interests and searched EBSCOHost Primary Search - most are Scholastic, Boy's Life, or Girl's Life***

I'll list some I chose but can't give out links to them - if your school has access ask your librarian to help you search:

  1. Fast Friends - Animal Companion Story
  2. Crayon Maker Job
  3. The Girl Who Discovered Dinosaurs
  4. Extreme Hotels
  5. Go Pro with Legos
  6. Gymnastics
  7. Meet the Cyber Chefs - a kid's online video cooking show
  8. Treehouse Masters
  9. The Perfect Pitch - analyzing a pitch
  10. Meet the Stars - video game characters introduction

Level 4:

the first group to reach level 4 will reach up and "punch" out the bottom of our box like on Mario and this article from Newsela like Hope mentioned will be inside.   You can choose the level of complexity depending on your grade level or to help differentiate!

I coded the answers to have numbers instead of letters and the numbers from the answers (just nonfiction comprehension) will unlock our Breakout Box!

The Breakout box will contain our Mario flag that the first group will get to raise and the save Princess Peach sign.  It will also have some Mario tattoos for us to wear in celebration!  I did print out small flags to write our names on and put in the hallway as well.  I plan to play Mario music while they are working.

Let's pretend this is a great picture of our makeshift flag pole - right now it is in mystery mode:

Here is a link to some of the printables with levels and the recording sheets for each level for students and the flag and signs.

Mario had to have some chocolate on plan time after all the excitement :)

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