Sunday, January 26, 2014

I "Mustache" You a Question

How do you teach students to ask questions?
Usually my students struggle to differentiate between statements and questions. So when I saw Melonheadz's cutesy mustache clip art pack I knew I had to use it for this question pack. I LOVE the latest mustache craze and so do my students. I enjoyed creating these question writing & sorting activities. 
At the beginning of the week I started off by identifying the reasons we ask questions. Then, as a class we generated question words. I was pleasantly surprised that many of my students were able to share some question words. We then used these questions words to write questions as a class. Once students understood how they might phrase a question, they wrote questions they might like to ask a classmate. Some of their questions included: What’s your favorite video game? How old are you? They were thrilled that they would get to ask their questions AND get a mustache. I think this was my definitely their favorite activity of the week. My kiddos walked around the room with their questions and mustaches. They approached one another and said “I mustache you a question” and proceeded to ask a question from their papers. 
At the end of the week we practiced asking questions about Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night. I chose two pages for students to review. We looked them over, then wrote something they we were wondering about. It didn’t have to be a question that could be answered by reading the text. 

This was a super fun way for my second graders to review and practice asking questions. If you’d like to check out the pack it’s in my TpT store. Click {HERE} to see it.

That's it for me today friends. Have a fantastic week!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January Currently- Hello 2014

Happy New Year friends! It's a new month and a new year. I had an amazing 2013 and am looking forward to making 2014 even better. I want to continue growing personally and professionally.
I’m linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade to share my January Currently. I love being about to briefly blab about what I’m up to.
Listening: To the Brady Bunch. I recorded a bunch of episodes to watch when there’s nothing on. There’s something about this wholesome show that I’ve loved since I was a kid.

Loving: I have 12 more days of Winter Break! I am ecstatic that there are still days to fill with family, blogging, and scrapbooking.

Thinking: 2013 was filled with many wonderful memories. I launched this little blog. My hubby and I became godparents to our friends’ adorable son, were in our best friends’ wedding, and went to Disneyland THREE times. I turned 30…What?!

Wanting: I would love to complete everything on my to-do list. This usually doesn’t happen because I make an impossible list every time. It includes random chores, projects, and lots of fun activities.

Needing: I REALLY need to write a paper for the PD course I signed up for in July. It’s only 5-7 pages. I think I can. I think I can…

Memory: I have been so fortunate to be able to spend quality time with my husband. He is truly one of my best friends. We have been very blessed and were fortunate to be able to enjoy a long Winter Break together. He’ll go back to work on Monday, but not before we enjoy one more adventure in SoCal.
Disneyland, CA- December 2013