My students really enjoyed writing and sharing their similes about fall. I also posted the definition so the kids can walk down the hall and possibly learn something while they are doing so. When I taught 3rd grade and we had to take bathroom breaks, students had a choice in the hallway: book, writing notebook, or practicing their math facts. It worked well and kept them quiet:) We use our fingers to silently practice our math facts if we have an extra minute or two.
I digress...here are some pictures of my board:
|"Leaves are orange like tigers." I love how the leaf has tiger stripes!|
|"A fall leaf is orange like a pumpkin"|
Being a split teacher, I try to take what I can from what each grade is doing by keeping up with my teammates. After talking with one of my 1st grade teammates, I have decided that our next writing project will be a shared writing project about leaves which integrates nicely into both curriculums (1st grade-seasons, 2nd grade-plants). Then the students will be able to choose from several other fall topics: pumpkins, bones, bats, and owls to write their own research reports as well.