Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hurricane Learning

We had a huge hurricane last week!  I tend to turn everything into an opportunity for learning, and Hurricane Sandy is no different.

These are some of the books I found on Amazon with the topic of Hurricanes:

I have the Gail Gibbons book and it's great.  I love all her work, and this book is no exception.  She has a great way of explaining complicated topics to young children and make it understandable.  

After reading about hurricanes, I thought I'd include some writing instructi 

2.W.1:  Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g. because, and also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

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I made up this graphic organizer, along with a couple of samples.  I thought they could choose from a few hurricane related topics:  favorite kind of weather, favorite "non-electric" activity, favorite book, etc.  I always believe that children need to talk before they write, so I'd share my samples, and enhance each time to make the story more interesting.

I also found a good informational video on Youtube about Hurricanes.

My heart goes out to all those in the New York and New Jersey areas.  I was very lucky here in New Hampshire.  Most people lost power and a few trees came down, but there was minimal damage, and everyone seems to have made it through the storm.  I know things are far worse to our south!

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