Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Read "Owl" About it! :)

We started our unit on OWLS today!   I am so excited because I love OWLS and I love teaching this unit!  I have been teaching this with my first grade team for many years now.  This year I am using some pieces from several units and freebies I have found on TPT and am loving the additions to this unit!  Now, I normally teach this unit during fall and incorporate a study of bats with it.  So I am having to wrap my teacher brain around this change.  So far so good!  I made the transition today drawing comparisons between penguins and owls. Then we just brainstormed what we KNOW about owls.  The kids did great.  I was so impressed with their prior knowledge!

This is one of the great units I bought on Sunday!  You should definitely check it out here.
All About Owls- science vocabulary, writing, literacy and

It is 119 pages of great resources.  Today I used the great vocabulary words and definitions for an introductory exercise!

I'm going to be honest, it wasn't planned!  I just realized my students already know quite a bit about owls.  So I activated their prior knowledge!  I passed out vocabulary words that we will be using during this unit (and during our field trip tomorrow) and then read the definitions.  When I read the definition, the student holding the word walked up and we put them together!  It was a great little impromptu activity!

Tomorrow we head to our local nature center for a presentation on Raptors!  The kids are so excited and I have to say, I'm looking forward to taking them!  They are a great group!

When we return we'll do some writing about our adventure for sure.

Now for the hundredth day celebration.  I teach at a K-8 Charter School.  We celebrate K-3 with 100 minutes of fun activities.  I didn't have my camera with me at the festivities, but my teaching partner did!  Head over to her blog and check out her post.  She also has a great Valentine Freebie!



Have a great week!