Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hopper Hunts for Spring

It has been a while, but I have been saving my plans for blog entries.

I just love the arrival of spring.  At home we have a contest seeing who can spot the first blue jay!  Who ever does so, excited announces the sighting and proceeds to make "Worms 'n dirt."  Chocolate pudding, with crushed oreos on top, and finally the addition a of a few gummy worms. 

In the classroom it is a great opportunity for a "How to" writing project.  Working in small groups, we make the pudding together (the instant pudding can be made simply in a shaker containter...)  Then  as the goodies chill, we write how we did it.  This year, we did not get to it.  So much going on.

We did read a great book instead this year..

This book is written by Marcus Pfister (also wrote Rainbow Fish) and is about a little rabbit who hears his mother say "Spring is here."  The bunny thinks it is a person, a friend and takes off to find this new friend.  Such a great story!  My class always loves it.  So fun to predict... and more.

We used wrote summaries of this book using the "Somebody, wanted, but, so, then" format.  They did rought draft and final copy complete with a photo.  The class LOVED this project.

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