Idioms

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Figurative language is fun. We love to find similes and metaphors as we read and use them as we write. Lately, we’ve been having fun with idioms.

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She spilled the beans.

You’re pulling my leg.

Step up to the plate.

He let the cat out of the bag.

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Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning than the literal meanings of each word by itself.

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Listen to this fun song that helped us understand more about idioms.

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Share your favorite idiom with us.

 

Typo Tweet Tuesday

Typo Tweet Tuesday 

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You’ve done so well with your daily language practice this year! However, I found some celebrities who would benefit from your editing skills. Please read these “tweets” and correct their “typos.” I’m sure they’ll appreciate your support!

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 Taylor Swift & Shaq

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What errors do you find in your own writing?
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Think of  a spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistake. What should other students remember to make sure they don’t make the same error?

Tongue Twisters

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Fox in Socks. I just love the silly tongue twister tales. Let’s have some fun in the style of this awesome author by writing and reading some of our own. Many tongue twisters use alliteration. Alliteration is repeating a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words or phrases. Try this strategy. Choose a letter to focus on for your alliteration. Brainstorm a list of 10-12 adjectives, nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech that begin with this letter. Try to create a short story using these words in a combination of simple and complex sentences. Share your tongue twister in a comment so we can try out your tricky tale.

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Here are 2 that Mrs. Moore tried.

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The bright, blue balloon broke loose from boy’s box.
Boy used broom to bring bright, blue balloon back to box.
Silly boy. Bright, blue balloons don’t go back in box.

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Skunk skipped to the Slippers and Shiny Shoes Store.
Skunk shouted when she spotted six, slick, slimy shoes.
Should she show the shoes to the shoppers or
Should she stop and sling the shoes into the sink?
She should stop.
Some shoes slipping. Some shoes sliding.
Skunk shook the slimy shoes ’til the strings swung into the sink
Slowly she stood on a stool, scooped up the shoes, and shoved them onto the shelf.
She began to shout and spout , “Now she can show me the shiny shoes!”

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Share one of your own tongue twister tales.
What’s a strategy we should use when writing with alliteration?

Little Poets

 

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The Kindergarteners have learned so much this year! It is wonderful to see how they’ve grown.

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Mrs. Gaedcke is one of the fantastic Kindergarten teachers in our building. Her class has been reading poetry all year. They also focused on writing poetry. The book, Kids’ Poems Teaching Kindergarteners to Love Writing Poetry by Regie Routman, served as a good resource. Mrs. Gaedcke shared Kindergarten writing examples from this text as an introduction for her students. Then the children tried out their poetry ideas on their own writing.

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Mrs. Gaedcke had a great idea to share her students’ writing with their families in a nice, published manner. So, each child selected their favorite poem from their portfolio to share with you. The class poems were turned into a Photo Story. Each student practiced reading their own poem aloud to develop their fluency. Then the children recorded their voices along with their writing so you can hear the poem straight from the authors themselves.

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Please leave a message to encourage our little poets and show them that their writing can reach many people.

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Little Poets

CLICK HERE to view Mrs. Gaedcke’s Class, Poetry Photo Story

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Little Poets from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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What do you think about the Kindergarteners first published poems?

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