Friday, March 8, 2013

Volcanoes, Whales, 5 for 5, and Flashback Friday

 What do volcanoes, whales, and basketball all have common? They're part of my 5 randoms this week for Doodle Bugs 5 for 5 Linky and my flashbacks for Teaching Madness.

1. My kids read Whale Poems to go with the story A Symphony of Whales. They had 4 different responses to choose from for the poems and wrote the responses on the body of the whale. I found the whale printable on Scholastic's Website.

2. We worked on questioning a nonfiction text using the story Volcanoes: Natures Incredible Fireworks. The children wrote 2 questions about the text and the answers on paper folded into 4 sections diagonally. We cut along one line and folded to make a volcano. The children added "lava", rolled red paper and frayed it to make lava coming out the top. They turned out great.!

3. We finished up our Biography project presentations.

4. March Madness is under way! The children picked their team names. We have the Reading Dunkin' Riders vs. The Reading Riders. Can you tell that our school athletic name is The Red Riders? Click here to read more about my March Madness Reading Contest. 

5.  The count down is on.....2 Weeks until Spring Break! 

Have a great weekend!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful week! Your whales are so cute - I like how your incorporating non-fiction into the classroom and completing creative activities to go along with them. Common Core would be so proud :)

    We just did Biography Book Projects too! Great minds think alike :)

    Joy in the Journey

    1. Thanks for your positive feedback. Yes, great minds think alike. :)


  2. I love all of your activities this week!! Cute whales, awesome volcanoes and super march madness reading!! Your kiddos must have so much fun learning with you!

    Teaching Maddeness



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