In science we are wrapping up our weather unit. We've had a great time exploring clouds, learning about the types of precipitation and writing about different types of storms.
My students loved becoming experts in the different storms. As they wrote their non-fiction pieces, I had this poster on display.
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The students were able to refer to the poster to help them spell weather words correctly. Especially needed this time of year - you've already said "Sound it out" a zillion times. This way you can just point to the poster! ;)
Now, I have a creative bunch of students this year! One day, my room mom gave me a container full of notes that each student wrote what they liked about me. Over 50% of them were "I like you because you give us crafty things" or some variation. (Thank you A Cupcake for the Teacher!) Well, during the weather unit they started thinking of names for the different storms. On. Their. Own. We studied tornadoes and they started calling any tornadoes "Tony Tornado."
We had a class discussion about a name for a thunderstorm. Honestly, I didn't like any of the ones they were throwing out during our discussion. One of my students brainstormed a list at HOME with her mom. Of course, we had to do a class vote that morning!