Writing on whiteboards and talking about accents

This past week we continued to work on adding details to our sentences. As it's June of grade 1, I am trying to get my little ones in the habit of ALWAYS adding details to their sentences. No more "je vois ____" sentences, as that's too simple and they are all capable of saying more than that. 

As they finished up recording their spring books on the ipad minis, they wrote sentences on the mini whiteboards. They like to sit on the carpet in front of the word wall, and draw little pictures to go with their sentences. Here are some sentences my grade 1s came up with on Friday:

I also started to introduce our summer words last week - so we now have two separate word walls on the whiteboard (spring and summer). As I introduced the summer words, we looked for sounds and similarities between words. 

We talked about how accents change a word (see above), and how we can find different words within words - e.g. "eau" is in "melon d'eau". We also talked about how we can use words we know to figure out what other words mean (we went clue hunting!) - e.g. if we know what "sable" means, we can figure out what "chateau de sable" means. 

My kids were so excited to hunt for clues! They tried to find similarities between both word walls all week! 

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