This week we got to preview Deanna Jump's new Ocean Animals unit... It! Was! Perfect!
Here is my techie tidbit. I use doceri to link my iPad to my computer. My Promethean Board is a bust. After only a about a year of solid interactive awesomeness, my pens started to fail. The fix? Open and close the program, jiggle wires, reboot system... with 5-6 year old children waiting... um... NIGHTMARE! No Thank you! So for a time, my Promethean Board was just a BIG BEAUTIFUL screen with speakers.
I sincerely love it. I can get out from behind my computer and interact with students while still controlling my computer screen. We all know sitting at your computer = behavior rodeo at this time of year. I can also use the "record" button to make a video!
NOTE: My district purchased doceri for each teacher to use. This is not an official review or sponsored request... I just like it! I think it is pretty inexpensive to purchase (like $30).
When I want interactivity, I can select the pens, highlighter... lots of goodies!
My class was glued to the screen.
We checked our comprehension by answering some true and false questions also from her Ocean Animals unit. Then we turned the false statements into true ones.
Using the True/False paper as a support, we started writing!
Add a craft for extra engagement!
Oh dear... something went terribly wrong here, but we fixed it!
We repeated the same process with whales. I had to get a quick picture of this one.
Oh my! It makes me smile! THAT FACE!
A little more informational writing.
This week we are also reading Hello Ocean in our Guiding Readers unit. Each day we reread the book and added words to our vocabulary chart. They LOVED this! But one question remained...What did the author mean by "the five of me?" I let the question hang there... and hang there. Partners got knee-to-knee to discuss and speculate.
Meanwhile, we added to our response booklet.
We learned a LOT about figurative language this week, but I have to remember we are still in the literal (and wonderful) world that is kindergarten!