A read aloud about igneous rocks and volcanoes. Then, continue to research using the leveled research library
For Monday, I read to my students a book about igneous rocks. They had learned about the rock cycle in third grade. I knew this book would be a great refresher. It led to some discussions about the differences between magma and lava. Students also discussed how particular rocks formed. I read this book to them because I seemed to have gathered several books about rocks and minerals. I also have a new template that I would like someone to try and research a specific rock, mineral, or gemstone. Why? Because rocks are cool!
Read aloud, mini lessons using the word 'with', print some brochure templates for my students who are stalled at the yellow level but understand the concept of writing a paragraph with a two-finger indent. (This plan did not happen this week, but it was good in theory.)
On Monday, I read them part 1 of The First Thanksgiving. My thought was to prepare them for the holiday books I ordered from the local library that might arrive in time to research holidays. Kids don't really mind when they are learning something new as long as they are learning something they want to learn. They can research Thanksgiving in January if they want to learn about it. It will bother me that it isn't happening in November, but it won't bother them.