Language: comma placement comic
After starting our morning with a special PE class (so we didn't have to miss out totally because of benchmarking!) we jumped into reading and worked on some more inferencing skills with Mrs. Yeagle's favorite TV show: Phineas and Ferb. There's a hilarious caveman episode that works great for inferencing, and it connected to our Social Studies lesson today, too, since we discussed how the Paleolithic people invented fire AND spoken language (both things that Phineas and Ferb take part in inventing during the show!). (If YOU want to watch it, it's Season 3, episode 15....and it's TOTALLY worth it!)
We also discussed comma placement and how important that little "dot with a tail" can be - in fact, a misplaced comma can prove disastrous! We read the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves as a mentor text and observed for ourselves how poorly punctuated sentences can lead to chaos! this is where the comic assignment comes from: students need to draw a picture for each sentence, one showing correct comma placement and one showing incorrect comma placement. (Sorry folks, it's about eating grandpa.....)
Be sure to ask your students how they felt about their oral reading today during benchmarking. I heard some amazing readers! We will start regular interventions next week!