Sunday, November 17, 2013

Peek at my Week: Florida Everglads & Nonfiction Research

http://mrslaffinslaughings.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-peek-at-my-week-11-17-13.html
Since, I've been a terrible blogger lately, I thought I'd at least link up with Jennifer's A Peek at my Week and give everyone at peek at my week! This week, we're going to wrap up our Southeast Region unit. We're going to spend some time on Tuesday this week reading about the Florida Everglades and looking at some photos. Then we're going to answer some text dependent questions after our reading. I was going to pull a Time For Kids article but then a coworker had a fantastic idea....

Why not read a blog for information? Of course!
http://learnabouttheeverglades.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post_5686.html

My coworker found a great blog that has tons of information for our reading! The Florida Everglades Blog is great because it has a short amount of readings plus tons of pictures, maps, and other information to help students learn about the Everglades. The site is super user friendly and easy to navigate for students! I can't wait to use the site this week with the iPads in Social Studies!

In reading and writing, we've started our nonfiction unit. Students are going to be learning about text structures and and types of nonfiction this week. I found a great handout on TPT that goes over text structures. So, we'll be handing out MsJordanRead's Nonfiction Text Structures. We will use this handout while reading various articles throughout the week - looking for signal words to identify the type of structure. We also have a mix-up activity planned for later in the week to help students further practice text structures and types!

In writing, we're going to use our reading knowledge to help plan our own feature articles. Students are going to use an environmental issue to research and plan an article using the Problem-Solution format. It should be a fun week of nonfiction reading and research! Only 7 more days until break....

What's your week look like?
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  1. What a great idea to have your students read a blog. We just got iPads for our team and I'm pretty pumped to use them this way. There's a ton of good information out there, once you locate it! Have a great week!
    Marion
    MentoringintheMiddle

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  2. I love the idea of reading the blog! I am off to search for blogs about energy or the Texas Revolution...

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  3. I'm a wee bit envious of your upcoming break... We don't get a break up here until December 20th! Crazy Canadian Thanksgiving!
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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  4. I lived 31 years of my life on the outskirts of the Florida Everglades. I can't tell you how many times I've traveled across Alligator Alley in my lifetime. I always love teaching about the Everglades!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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