These activities are ready to copy and go without need for you or your sub to read lengthy directions. You need a copy machine (Smartboard or Activeboard) and your students need pencils, colored pencils or crayons, and scissors.
Morning and afternoon large group “messages” for students to complete and for the sub teacher to use as “get acquainted” and “end of day wrap up” meetings. The morning message provides a script for sub teachers to introduce activities for the day. Each message should take from 30 to 45 minutes of class time. The morning message introduces the “theme” for the day: Storms and Storm Safety.
Reader Response papers for students to write after they have read independently for 30 (or more) minutes. In a fiction book, students will record what they learned about plot, characters, setting, and new words, whether they read one chapter or several. For non-fiction reading, a paper entitled “REAL PLACES REAL THINGS REAL PEOPLE” form is provided for students to record facts.
Students will read each of the comprehension passages on Thunderstorms,Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Blizzards. Following each are comprehension questions to be completed. Students will make a safety poster for Tornadoes. Students will complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Tornadoes and Hurricanes. Students will learn about the difference between Storm Watches and Warnings and color representative pictures of each.
In math, students will complete a bar graph showing monthly rainfall amounts for 2013 and practice addition and subtraction (3 digits with regrouping) to complete a secret storm safety sentence.
Students will review facts learned by playing a Storm Stories Board Game.
Students will put vocabulary words in ABC order, look up in the dictionary and generate own sentences using these words. Students will write their own "storm story" using graphic organizer provided. Students will review vocabulary with suggested games at the end of the day.
Students will take a "skillbuilders" assessment of grade level skills in language arts and math.
Also included in the plans is an activities grid that briefly explains each activity, possible variations of the activity, materials needed, and COMMON CORE STANDARD APPLIED
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