We finished ELA testing today! Woohoo! What a huge relief! Come what may with the results, I'm just so happy to have it behind us.
I can honestly say that nearly all of the kids I tested today (I only test ELLs who receive extra time), they really worked hard. I was so happy to see them using the strategies that I taught them. And for many of them, their writing was excellent :-) They read the prompts and use text evidence. Awesome.
In little bits, here and there, I've been trying to stick in some poetry. I'd hate for April, National Poetry Month after all, to end without having taught a little bit of poetry! And next Monday is Earth Day! So I kind of mushed the two together with Earth Day themed poetry activities (available on TpT).
On Wednesday, we worked on sorting Earth Day themed similes and metaphors. The kids sorted the metaphors and similes and talked about the two things being compared. Then they went to work on writing their own similes about the Earth. I made this set differentiated and when I read "the river was as wet as water," I was really glad!
We also built some sentences with personification! This was a fun activity!
Next week, we will start drafting cinquains and haiku. I'm purposefully keeping it simple because we still have three more days of math testing at the end of next week and I hate to start something we can't finish!
Earth Day Poetry Activities product!
So....tell me something exciting!