Today we had a snowball fight in my classroom. Well...sort of. I know what you're thinking. Snowballs now? What is she talking about? Well, if I had titled this post "Independent and Dependent Clauses in Mrs. Moorman's Room", you wouldn't have opened this post. Am I right? Thought so. So now that you are here, you might as well read about what we have been doing...and I promise there will be a snowball fight in here somewhere ;)
Here is a copy of the morning message for you.
Here is where the fun came in. Once the kids had their sentences written, they all gathered on the rug. You see, we are learning about the causes of the American Revolution. We *just* talked about the Boston Massacre and how it basically began with a snowball fight. So I had the students wad up their pieces of paper into snowballs and we all tossed them into the air. It was our own little snowball "fight" (anyone see the connection here????) The kids LOVED this. They wanted to do it again so badly, that I let them pick up the papers and toss them again. This helped to further mix them up, so it was fine.
Here is the sheet they used to help them organize their thoughts.
This part was actually really eye-opening for me. I had just assumed that the students would be able to identify the clauses in our reading. But they had a lot of trouble. Anytime there was a comma, the kids assumed it was a dependent clause. I am going to have to go back and reteach transitions, fragments, etc...
So there you have it. A week's worth of independent and dependent clause activities.
How can you take these activities and adapt them to use in your room?