Here’s my pumpkin glyph. I start with the student questions and then we build our pumpkins together as we go through the answers we chose. The big green pumpkin glyph chart shows the shapes for each answer. Just click the picture below to print your own.
Is it just me or are you getting a little tired of the anticipation of the H word? I am so excited about it when I think of cooler weather, colorful leaves, wearing sweaters to school, etc, but the reality of my life right now is a little more about crazy kids responding to the full moon and weather changes completely hung up on costumes and candy, assessments, report cards, and parent teacher conferences…I am about up to my eyeballs in responsibilities beyond my happy little classroom. I am trying to rearrange my attitude and I will say that having such a “themey” month is great for student motivation and sneaky ways to stretch the student’s learning…We are LOVING our Stellaluna book study this week!
But then….WE INTERRUPT THIS LESSON PLAN TO BRING YOU….Ladybugs????? Yes….let’s just add that to our list of millions of other things I don’t have planned but need to squeeze in…ugh. As you may know, (if you are a true blog stalker and I love you if you are) We start our year off with the study of insects. It is high interest and well honestly, another “themey” thing to tie in all kinds of beginning of the year standards! But as you can imagine that one was off the lesson plans and we were in FULL pumpkin and bat mode when our precious ladybug larva FINALLY arrived. (Due to our scorching temps they could not mail them for fear of the larva dying in a mailbox oven somewhere in Texas) So my solution to this surprise package is TWO science centers and a trade off of lessons during our science block…I am also catching myself saying things like, “You remember when we talked about the life cycle of the ladybug???”