We have been working really hard in our classroom to expand our vocabulary. One of the ways we focus on words that are interesting to us is to draw a visual for the word and place them on theme pictures around our classroom. We also focus on a main idea such as Owls eat..and then add visuals to the words to help us remember the details. The students always love adding the pictures to the clues and they always come up with creative drawings to show what the words mean.
We had a great time learning about Bats in our classroom this month. We read Stellaluna and then compared bats and birds using a Venn Diagram. We also used our ideas and research that we learned about bats and organized it for our writing by using the Bats can, bats have, bats are....branch chart. The Bubble Map was a great way to think of words that could describe bats.
These anchor charts really helped us in our writing and learning about bats!