Our fables are going well. I chose to do wolf & dog fables first, as my twin girls are really into wolves at the moment. We did The Shepherd Boy & the Wolf (the boy who cried wolf). This was important as one of them is going through this phase right now.
During writing our sentences, I highlighted the nouns in "orange" but without explanation, as recommended by Eric Fairman in his Grade 3 Path of Discovery.
Then we did The Wolf and The House Dog. I decided to mix things up a bit and create a moving picture in our main lesson books. See the picture, it was so easy and the girls loved it! They re-created the story several times while "acting it out"
I am hungry.
I am hungry!
I am hungry?
I am hungry, thirsty, and tired.
I explained each ending punctuation and comma. Then they had to walk across the room and when I siad the punctuation, they had to act it out. Example- they walked while I said "I am hungry" period. (stop) then they had to stop.
When I used the exclamation mark they jumped! Question mark was a shoulder shrug and holding arms up like "I don't know" and a comma meant a -pause- and then continue walking.. What fun! And it really was exciting to bring movement into the lesson. They got it!
We also made these orange bird feeders from Rhythm of the Home summer edition. The girls hng them in their nature house (a thicket of bushes they play in)