Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dragon Tales and Some Sight Word Fun

My student's interest in outer space and castles has continued even thought we've moved on to other topics during our reading activities. I love the art project pictured above! It's an alien and her pet dragon! Yes we LOVE dragons in my room! Since the interest was obviously not going to go drift away I decided to let them have some fun with a dragon writing project.  Our school has an annual "Dragon Parade" where our second grade students make very elaborate dragons and parade with them through the school.  My kids were in awe of the dragons! I had each of them create their own dragon with construction paper before we even discussed writing about them.  The dragons hung out in our art center looking very scary for a couple of days! Then we began discussing "What do good writers do?", by using this anchor chart.
I LOVE anchor charts and always seem to be making new ones. After some pre-writing in our journals they were ready to begin their dragon stories. I think they turned out great!
"I like when dragons play boxing. Wish me luck!"
"If I had a dragon we would play outside. But when he blows fire at me it is really hot. But then he got muddy. We had to take a bath. He blew fire at me. I had to go to the hospital."
"My dragon can blow fire. And he can play dead."

Now onto a little sight word fun! I'm joining the sight word linky party on Wolfelicious!                                 http://wolfelicious.blogspot.com/

I happen to love working with sight words with my kiddos and I'm always on the lookout for new activities to help them learn their popcorn words easily.  In an earlier post I blogged about my word wall evolution and this included my popcorn word wall.  


But of course there is more to teaching sight words than just putting them up on a wall. Here is an activity I've planned for my word center next week. Yes, I did just post a math activity using these same egg cut outs! I have oodles of them and am trying to find new ways to use them.   For this activity I wrote a popcorn word on the front but left out a vowel. The idea is to match the egg with the correct vowel to the word. The students can self check their work by looking on the inside of the egg where I have the vowel written.



Today I worked with a small group on this next activity and it will be added to our word center next week.
Although this is a store bought puzzle activity you could easily make your own pieces.  I asked the group to make the sentence "Come play at the park." With the exception of park these are all sight words for us.  After they formed the sentence we discussed sentence structure and why they used the come piece with the capital letter and which the  piece should they have used. Some wanted to use the question mark and then they agreed this really wasn't a question.
To extend this activity I asked them to add two new sight words to the sentence. This is what they came up with!

Happy almost Friday! This weekend we are off to Mizzou  with my ten year old for the state youth wrestling finals! We are sooo excited and are keeping are fingers crossed that he does well.  After that I have some exciting things happening in my room next week! I can't wait for the fun to begin! Have a great weekend......
                                                                                           Mrs. M

10 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE those little egg pockets! How fun!! I'm going to have to make some and make a game just like your left out vowel game! LOVE it!! Thanks for the ideas!

    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! =)

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    2. Would you mind if I made a little packet from this idea? I will not sell it - it will be for free and I will give credit back to you for the idea. Let me know! I'm going to use it for my class, just thought I'd share it with the blogging world - I pinned this last night and its already been repinned 100 times! You go girl!

      Nicole
      Rowdy in Room 300

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    3. Wow! 100?! I can't wait to take a peek on Pinterest...I haven't been on for an entire day (it's a miricale!) I would love it if you did this and I can't wait to see the final product! =)
      Thanks!

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    4. I know! It's a perfect activity for the season! I will link you in my post! I'll probably get to it later today :) I just checked and it's at 109 now!

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    5. Ok, I made it! It's not much but here's the link to my post about it - go check it out! Thanks for letting me share!

      http://rowdyinroom300.blogspot.com/2012/03/wonderful-sunday-freebie-and-news-of.html

      Nicole

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    6. Great! Just got home after a very long weekend...can't wait to check it out!!

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  2. You are a winner winner on my little my little blog, but I need your email to send you the packet. my email is fivegaithers@gmail.com

    Barb
    meet me at the zoo...
    kinderzoo

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  3. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will send it to you on your blog now =)

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  4. oops I just saw you sent your email. What can I say it's late and I'm exhausted. Thank you!!

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