The Water Cycle:
I found a really cool stop motion video made with claymation on Pinterest. I used the video as part of one of my lessons, and afterwards the students were assigned cooperative group projects. First, the students had to create a story board describing each step in the cycle. These were some of my favorites:
After the story boards were finished, each group got to select one step in the water cycle process and create a backdrop using markers, crayons, and Playdough. I figured if I bought enough Playdough to create our own stop motion video would wipe out my bank account! So, to compromise we will put together a slide show.
|The clouds, grass, and lake are covered with tiny pieces of clay...|
|More clouds, swirls of water vapor, the sun, and plants made from clay...|
|The yellow streaks had me confused. Christopher informed me that they are flashes of lightening surrounded by precipitation.|
|Playdough was used for the mountain and river flowing down the side...|
|And finally, a river and lake beside a hill - all made from Playdough.|
Hopefully, next week we will be able to put the background together in a slide show with typed descriptions of each portion of the cycle.
The second thing I found on Pinterest that I thought was pretty cool was an activity to illustrate, write, and use in sentences antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms. Here is what my friends came up with. It is a little messier and more crowded than the one I saw on Pinterest.
The best thing about using Pinterest, is the way it stimulates my own creative juices. We started our novel study recently and I wanted to find some ways to improve last year's activities. I like to use a reflective journal, but I didn't want it to be too structured. I also didn't want it to be the only thing the students did to respond to the different chapters we would be reading. So, here is a picture of the journal we created and one of the reader's response activities.
I had the students make the cover of their journal so that it looked like the barn that Wilbur and Charlotte live in. It even has a barn door that opens to show Wilbur, and is complete with hay hanging out of an open hayloft door.