We read several articles about volcanoes, including this one about Pompeii. We practiced identifying important ideas and using context clues.
|We labeled the different characteristics of a poem and identified the main ideas of each stanza.|
|This is our figurative language foldable. On the outside, there are lines from the poem.|
|On the inside, we used specific language to talk about |
why the poet chose to do different things with language.
Each one includes the title, diagram of a volcano (see freebie below!) most devastating earthquakes chart (included in pack), causes and effects of landslides (a different version is in the pack) earthquake vocabulary foldable (included in pack) and types of volcanoes foldable (a different version of this is included in the pack; it's a chart instead of a foldable).
Earthquake vocabulary foldable
Types of volcanoes foldable
Not done yet! I still had to stretch it into a three-week-long writing project! So, here's what we did. We started out by charting the positive and negative language used to describe volcanoes. This is what we noticed through our wide reading and video watching.
Then students had to decide: do volcanoes save the world or destroy the world? We planned out our writing using this graphic organizer
|This is also included in the Science Pack at TPT or Teacher's Notebook.|
After we planned, I noticed some students were having difficulty staying focused within their paragraphs. Some of their paragraphs were also redundant, or repeated. So I had them cut and glue to reorganize based on main ideas. It helped.
This is what that looked like:
First draft writing is never pretty. We cut a sentence at a time and marked their main ideas in a color so they could make sure they were connected.
They drafted, revised again, using STAR revision (see post here) and edited.
Then we published! This writing project is all included in my Science Pack.
After that, I had my lovely intern stick it all up on the wall in the hallway with the creative *sarcastic* title "Volcano World" that I came up with. Let's just say that by then, I was kind of done.
She did, however, make it more creative than I would have by making the letters look all lava-y. I can only imagine how much time that took.
The kids had a blast
no pun intended
well, yeah, I guess it was a little intended
once I realized it was a pun
and you can do a lot of these activities, too!
Just grab my Fast Changes to the Earth Science Pack at TPT or Teacher's Notebook!
At least grab the freebies at TPT. Both pages are part of the same document. Leave me some love, here or there!