2nd Grade 3rd Grade and 4th Grade Morning Work - Fact of the Day Handwriting and Inquiry Activity Routine
✅ Do your students need handwriting practice due to the pandemic and virtual learning?
✅ Do your students lack critical thinking?
✅ Are they being exposed to opportunities that allow for deeper thinking and critical thinking?
✅Do your students know how to read critically?
✅Are they asking questions to further their thinking?
In my experience, I've found that many students lack many of these components.
But the term "critical thinking" doesn't sound FUN. So, I made it fun + engaging with FUN FACTS and REAL PHOTOGRAPHS that will engage all learners in your classroom.
>>>>>Additionally, this resource provides consistent handwriting practice, which is definitely something many students need after being virtual last year. Many students struggle with legible handwriting, so why not practice handwriting + build writing stamina while learning fun facts!
⭐️Fact Think Wonder is the perfect Morning Work activity.
⭐️It's also perfect as a Morning Meeting activity.
⭐️You can also use this as an ELA warm-up before beginning reading rotations.
⭐️Alternatively, students can complete this as a Daily 5/Reading Workshop Station
⭐️Calm down activity after lunch or recess
⭐️Early Finisher Activity
⭐️If using for morning work...
Have the PowerPoint slide of the fact and beautiful photograph displayed on your screen as students are walking into your classroom. Students will trace (optional) and write the fact to practice and improve handwriting. Then students will use the sentence stems to write their thoughts + wonders about the fact.
⭐️If using during morning meeting...
Give students time to read the fact or read the fact out loud together. Then give students time to think about the fact and form their thoughts and questions about the fact that they just read.
Then simply begin your class discussion or pair students up and have them share with each other as a Think-Pair-Share partner activity. Students will also learn from hearing one another’s thoughts, which is so so powerful.
But most importantly, this gets kids thinking and asking questions. And that’s the best way to learn and succeed. That’s what teaching is all about—inspiring our students to be life long learners, preparing them for the real world and their wonderful future ahead, allowing them to develop critical thinking skills that are needed to problem solve and succeed in the real world.
I've included 5 different versions so that you can differentiate in your classroom and choose the sheet that works best for the students in your class.
Some of the templates include handwriting lines and opportunities for tracing and re-writing to help improve handwriting. Even students in upper elementary need consistent practice with handwriting.