CLAMDIGGERS: March Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDIGGERS: March’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen. ~ Frances Burnett

March is filled with mystery. And some of its mystery is written in the whirling winds, changing from Winter to Spring.

This Mysterious Month encourages your Imagination to create a tale or two, observes Windy Weather, celebrates the Green of another Spring, and/or engages that sense of Humor you may have lost inside Winter’s cave.

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in March’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at March’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ March Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

March’s six poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-March-Poetry-Posters-6581788 

Use Your Imagination

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. ~ Dr. Seuss

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  March Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 42-page unit entitled Use Your Imagination.  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Use Your Imagination: A Guide in a personal journal format for recording “your fantastic ideas” with graphic organizers & “curiosity queries”.
  • Let’s Write A Script with templates for a storyboard, playbook covers & script pages.
  • Triangular Prism Diorama Sets with directions for constructing stage sets.

General Supply List: card-stock,printing paper, lined/unlined blank page inserts, binding, laminate, dry erase markers, construction paper, decorative papers, ruler, scissors,  glue, hole punch, markers, stapler

You can access the Use Your Imagination unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Use-Your-Imagination-6581911

Windy Weather

The wind said, ” You know I am the result of forces beyond my control”. ~A.R. Ammons

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 26-page unit entitled Windy Weather. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Wind ~ Wise includes informative text with a Comprehension & Vocabulary Fill-In component
  • Wind Power has a Positive & Negative comparison Match Chart as a lead-in for a Book with a Page Insert Template
  • Wind Catcher with instructions & a Diagram for creating an outdoor Wind Catcher
  • Wind Vane is a multiple activity with directions & a Diagram for constructing an outdoor Wind Vane as a tool for gathering data to fill-in a Wind & Weather Data Log table

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  binding materials, pencil, colors, scissors, ruler, glue, specific Wind Catcher & Wind Vane construction materials

You can access the Windy Weather unit by  clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Windy-Weather-6582041

A Wee Bit O’ Green

Nature’s first green is gold. ~ Robert Frost

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   20-page unit entitled A Wee Bit O’ Green. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Better Than Gold Poster with directions, images & Better Than Gold ideas for creating a Leprechaun/Rainbow-themed visual
  •  A Book O’ Green includes page templates & answers for categorizing all things green

General Supply List: poster board, card-stock, printing paper, paper scraps, markers, green pens, reference materials

You can access the A Wee Bit O’ Green unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Wee-Bit-O-Green-6582107

Spring Into Spring

Spring-an experience in immortality. ~ H.D. Thoreau

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is an 20-page unit entitled Spring Into Spring.  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Sprout A Mini Garden  includes instructions with a materials list for starting seeds to plant in your Spring/Summer garden
  • Watch It Grow Flip~Book with directions for converting your observation log into a flip-book
  • Nature~Watchers’ Spring Journal is a book & vocabulary template with page inserts for recording the changes in plant & animal life in Spring

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding materials, seedling starter cups (egg cartons, cardboard rolls, etc.), soil, seeds, craft sticks

You can access the Spring Into Spring unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Into-Spring-6582174

HUMOR: Now THAT’S Funny!

Humor is humankind’s greatest blessing. ~ Mark Twain

Week Five of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is an 41-page unit entitled HUMOR: Now THAT’S Funny!  As a lead-in to  April Fools Day,  it contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • A Comedian’s Handbook: Helpful Hints  is a 24-page informative booklet with front/back covers and includes presentation ideas.
  • SOOOO FUNNY! : My Favorite Jokes & Riddles  has a category list for you to include as you construct a book of your favs to share.
  • Create  Cartoon Strip has dialogue templates and a sample cartoon frame to use for your new cartoon series.

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding materials,  pencil, notebook paper, cartoon strips, adding machine tape. construction paper

You can access the HUMOR unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HUMOR-Now-THATS-Funny-6582236

 How About a Bundle ?!?

You can  access CLAMDiggers:  March Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 5-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIggers-March-A-5-Unit-Bundle-6582428

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

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Enriching the FLC with Your First Grader’s Inquiry Skills

Welcome to Part Three of The FLC First Grader’s Series

Your 6-year-old is asking MORE questions than s/he usually does.

And even though s/he LOVES rules and boundaries in his/her expanding world, those very important inquiries are giving you clues to the puzzles being solved in her/his broadening brain.

Your First Grader’s  Inquiry Skills are growing. They are becoming an important part of his/her brain development and academic success.

A “How-To……” book of instructions for everything in life right now would be just fine with her/him!

PART THREE :  Inquiry Skills

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. ~ Eugene Ionesco

There is a philosophy that an answer can be found within the context of its question…..or at least its beginning is….

Your First Grader comes home with many new & wonderful ideas to share. S/he LOVES explaining how explorations became discoveries.

And, THEN, “what if…..?” Oh, the imagination of the inquiring mind!!!!

This state of inquiry, however, is not satisfied with thinking about things.

Your 6-year-old and his/her longer attention span  likes to learn & problem solve by doing: experimenting, planning, building, collecting, and, maybe even , performing magic tricks just to solve what “appears” to be unsolvable.

You can promote these Critical Thinking questions. BLB’s Library has several ideas for you to use in an interactive resource:

 https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/parent-guide-building-thinking-skills/

Within that page are 2 downloadable PDFs:

 A Short List of CT Questions

Questions for Brain Food Menu

You Can, Also: 

  • provide storage boxes for her/his special collections of rocks, seeds, shells, leaves
  • Add nonfiction books to the library about animals, plants, sun, moon & stars, seasons, weather, holidays & celebrations, world cultures, community helpers, inventors & inventions, machines & transportation
  • Take field trips to history & science museums, work places & factories, other neighborhoods
  • encourage his/her growing awareness of time & days of the week by including him/her in planning daily events

S/he probably has lots of Giant Ideas (where DO they come from) with lots of Important Questions (how DOES s/he think up all of them)…….

  Encouraging The Critical Thinking Process of Inquiry

Do you remember the KWL (What do you Know, What do you Wonder about,  & What have you Learned) your teachers may have used during your classroom  discussions?

Check out this How-To use  a K-W-L Chart site:

 https://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/inquiry_chart

Although it can be time-consuming, I found a KWL chart to be  a very valuable exploration & discovery tool. Used interactively, it provided me, and my students, with knowledge already in place~no wasted time on redundancy~ and ownership of what was to be learned ~ with a few prompted questions, ideas, & vocabulary clues from me. 

When Do We Use A KWL ?

You can use this tool with your child in a variety of scenarios:

  • to enrich & reinforce a variety of science, social studies & geography topics being taught in school
  • to increase reading comprehension elements in  fiction & nonfiction reads at home and for school
  • to use as a home-management builder in a number of arenas: chores, safety, nutrition, clothing/weather, etc.

SO~I’ve created something a little different that includes a Resource section in this discovery chat titled KQRL. Here’s a downloadable 8.5×11″ PDF template you can print, laminate & re-use during you & yours’ Inquiry Investigations:  KQRL Template

Wondering what science, social studies & geography concepts your First Grader will be learning in the classroom?

Your child’s school district can provide you with a list of objectives & expectations. Ask her/his teacher for assistance and explanations.

Science Explorations in First Grade

Using My 5 Senses-KellySikkema
Using My 5 Senses-KellySikkema

Your child will engage his/her 5 Senses to observe, ask questions,  and, then, record   what s/he is learning.  Entering data on graphs (pictographs & bar graphs), hand-drawings as well as written words are products used to show what s/he understands.

This is a  “general” list of science concepts your child may (or may not) be learning throughout his/her year in First Grade:

Physical Science

  • Forces in Motion: push & pull, balance, magnetism, electricity
  • Changes in States of Matter (solid, liquid & gas)
  • Properties of Liquids
  • Sound Production & Travel
  • Properties of Air

Earth Science

  • The Universe: day & night sky, moon, stars, sun
  • Weather: seasons, temperature measurement
  • Properties & Uses of Earth Materials: soil, rocks, minerals, water

Life Science

  • Human Body Systems & Nutrition
  • Ecosystems: habitats, survival needs, protection/ecology
  • Life Cycles: plants, animals
  • Diversity & Variations: plants, animals

Your Home~Grown Science Lab

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. ~ Mary Lou Cook

PBSParents offers some very useful  suggestions on how to explore science concepts with your child in everyday scenarios. And just for you, I created a table -YIPEE- to help with that!

Home~Grown Science Explorations & Discoveries

FAMILY ENVIRONMENTPHYSICAL SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONSEARTH SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONSLIFE SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS
Backyard/Front Lawn
Park/Playground
Nature Trail
Forces in Motion: trikes, bikes, scooter, wagon; playground equipment
Matter: solids, liquids, gases
Sound:different machines in the air/on the ground
Properties of Air: balloons, paper airplanes, Frisbee, kites, leaves
Light/Dark: day & night sky elements, moon phases, shadows, shade, self-reflection in water
Weather: clouds, temperature, precipitation
Materials:different rocks, soil varieties, waters(lake, pond, brook, river, mud puddles)
Different Plant & Animal Ecosystems
Stages of growth in plants & animals
In the Car
On the Bus/Train
Forces in Motion: Push / Pull
Sound: Machines at work
Travel: Speed
Light/Dark: self-reflection in window, vision adjustments to sight, building sights, day vs night sky visibility in different environments
Weather: cloud formations in open sky, visibility during precipitation at different speeds
Materials: landforms, bodies of water
Different Plant & Animal Ecosystems: city/country, desert/plains/forest/seaside
In the Kitchen
At the Market
Forces in Motion: push/pull of different utensils, float/sink of different food elements
Matter: changing states from solid to liquid to gas
Liquid Properties: changes with heat, cold, mixtures
Properties of Air: forces of air when applied to different foods, like meringues
Weather: on foods' stability, spoilage, growth in the garden
Materials: how rocks, soil, water affect foods
Human Body: nutrition, food groups, menu/recipe combinations, extra foods
Plant & Animal Ecosystems: growth, food sources, omnivores/herbivores/carnivores
Life Cycles: plants from seed, growth/harvest, preparation

I don’t know about you, but, there are questions children ask that defy an explanation…..So, instead of trying to give reason that might not be understandable or accurate, a more “scientific” approach will probably satisfy those questions. Wonder, inquire & investigate along with your child, encouraging him/her to explain why s/he thinks the way s/he does. Yes~answer a question with another question.

Ready to Set Up A Home~Grown Science Lab ?

Your Primary  learner LOVES to investigate his/her Inquiries!

I’ve created 4 of them for you & yours, addressing several of the objectives found in the Physical, Earth, Life & Ecology Sciences. Each contain several investigations with sequential activities for observations, predictions, explorations, experiments & discoveries appropriate for children, ages 5-8.  You can visit these “Labs” in BLB’s Shop by clicking on the links below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-physical-science-lab/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-earth-science-lab/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-life-science-lab/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-eco-science-lab/

Whew!!!! Have FUN!!!

But wait…..there’s more!

Your First grader will, also, be learning about the diverse cultures & countries of the world. Using the Inquiry approach to these studies is a great interactive way to engage her/his learning.

Navigating the World Through Investigations

World Traveler-TeddyKelley
World Traveler – TeddyKelley

I found Social Studies & Geography an easy way to integrate reading & writing. Not only are they inter-related, they are incredibly relevant & engaging for most children. Who doesn’t want to explore his/her home country, ancestral roots, holiday traditions, and, then, navigate the way there?!

Here’s a general, sequential inquiry map several fellow teachers & I used in our classrooms before the curriculum timeline rules changed. It’s a thematic approach that blended & covered all required objectives, including some  Math, Health & Science expectations. We began at the beginning~the Home.

Family & Home

  • Where do you live: apartment, house, duplex, trailer, shelter?
  • Can you draw a map of the inside of your home?
  • Who is part of your family at home?
  • What are the needs of most families?
  • How do families meet those needs?
  • Are chores & shared responsibilities part of your family?

Neighborhood

  • What other buildings are in your neighborhood?
  • How is an apartment complex like a neighborhood?
  • Do your friends and/or relatives live nearby?
  • Is there a park or playscape in your neighborhood?
  • Are these other places in your neighborhood: school, gas station, restaurants, markets?
  • Can you draw a map of your neighborhood, using a few symbols & a compass rose for directions?

The Communities in A Town or City

Community

  • What is a community?
  • How are neighborhoods & communities the same? Different?
  • Do you know where these buildings are in your community: retail shops, restaurants, fire & police stations, schools, churches, hospitals, clinics/offices, athletic fields, cinemas?
  • Who are the community helpers in these places?
  • How do you know ( uniforms, special jobs)?
  • When do you need these community helpers?
  • How do some of them keep communities safe?
  • What are “goods” and “services”?
  • Which community helpers provide services? Goods?

City/Town

  • What is the difference between a town & a city?
  • Do you know how many people live in our town/city?
  • How many of these places have you visited: concert hall, opera house, theater, museum, historical sites, sports arena, transportation hubs ~ bus terminal, train station, airport?
  • How did you travel to those places?
  • Where can you find a major waterway in our town/city? What is its name?
  • Have you ever traveled to a different town or city?
  • Was it in our state or a different state?
  • Can you locate our town/city on this map?

Widening the Scope

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils. ~ Ever Garrison

State

  • What is the name of the state we live in?
  • Is a state larger or smaller than a city?
  • Are there only towns & cities in our state?
  • Do you know the names of some other towns or cities in our state?
  • Do you know the names of any other states?
  • Have you ever traveled to any other state?
  • What did you see/do there?
  • Where is it on this map?
  • How did you travel there?
  • Can you locate our state on this map?
  • What are those other names a part of on the map?
  • What is famous about our state?

Country

  • These states are all part of a what?
  • What is a country?
  • Do you know the names of any other countries?
  • What is the name of our country?
  • Why is our country called “The United States of America”?

Click on the link below to download, copy & print a PFD I created for celebrating USA Symbols, Citizenship & National Holidays:

USA Mini Lessons

To Global Awareness

Continent

  • What do you see on this globe?
  • How are the lands separated from each other?
  • What is a continent?
  • Can you find the country of the United States?
  • What is the name of its continent?
  • What large bodies of water border the United States?
  • Where are the other continents?
  • How many do you think there are?

World

  • Can you think of other languages & customs?
  • Have you seen people who dress differently than you & your family?
  • Have ever eaten food from another country (Mexican, German, Chinese, Indian)?
  • Why do you think people from all over the world come to the USA?
  • Do you know what a folk tale is?
  • How do different cultures celebrate holidays?
  • Can you tell where this (these) piece (s) of art were created?
  • Where do you think this music was created?
  • Have you ever seen this kind of dancing?

YES! All this and MORE in a year of First Grade!!!!!

OMG!!! What Can I Do to Help Me Help My Child!?

In A Garden of Resources-JoelFotos
In A Garden of Resources – JoelFotos

First of all, if you are receiving a weekly newsletter from your child’s teacher, you will know what is being taught & how long it will be taught.

Ask the teacher and/or media center facilitator for content recommendations.

Your local library can help you locate books, CDs & DVDs to add to the lessons.

Visit science & history museums, planetariums, aquariums & botanical gardens, especially ones with guides,  kid-friendly exhibits & hands-on explorations.

You can, also, visit BLB’s Resource Library for a list of authors, books & websites to add to your collections. Here’s the link:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/inquiry-investigations-authors-books-websites/

There is another, more in-depth way to encourage your child’s Inquiry Skills. It’s a technique called UbD.

Big Ideas & Essential Questions

An idea is “big” if it helps us make sense of lots of confusing experience and seemingly isolated facts. It’s like the picture that connects the dots or a simple rule of thumb in a complex field. ~ Grant Wiggins

Another Question-Elijah'sSong
Another Question-Elijah’sSong

Your child’s classroom teacher may, also, (or maybe not) be using a learning technique called UbD~Understanding by Design ~ especially during science, geography & social studies units, which are, then,  coordinated thematically with fiction & nonfiction reads. Projects & knowledge are student-driven through exploration & discovery guided by questions the students have formed regarding the subject.

The “Essential Questions” will usually help define the “Big Idea”, which is usually a general, or abstract statement.

When forming the Questions, keep these insights in mind:

  • They have no right or wrong answers
  • They promote inquiry to help learn the Big Idea.
  • They encourage critical thinking, curiosity & real life problem solving.

Basically~ What do you see? What do you think about what you see? What do you wonder about when you see it? How & where can you find out more?

 Need more info and tips on how to provide your child with  inquiry-based explorations? George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia is a great site to visit. Just click on the link below:

https://www.edutopia.org/article/inquiry-based-learning-resources-downloads

 

Your First grader’s wonder is nutrition for his/her brain. encourage, promote & nurture those curious questions with exploratory & discovery investigations.

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