Teaching roots has taken a whole new look this year! Julie and I started by just introducing them through word wall card and were absolutely shocked how the students responded. Children of all learning levels became obsessed with roots...and some may accuse us of being obsessed as well! (Not gonna lie we are totally obsessed with roots!) The more you incorporate and learn roots the more obsessed you will become! Julie utilizes Reading O in her Second Grade class but since I am no longer in the classroom (entered the dark side.....yep...principal...) I still wanted to bring roots to the children. As I mentioned in the last post we are learning roots as a school. Again, we started small and now it is a big deal. Our school has a Town Hall each morning --which we will chat about in another post--but one component of Town Hall is "ROOT TIME!" Believe it or not children will tell you this is their favorite part of Town Hall. We even had a student who moved in from another school tell us she liked our school much MUCH more. When I asked her why she liked our school her response was "We learn roots here!" This was a Second Grader!
So we started our school wide root study utilizing the Scrapbook Julie and I created...but now the study has takin' fight more than we ever imagined!
Sometimes a combination of teachers present or act out a root but it dawned on us we should involve kids more. I am posting a picture of one of our students acting our the root "ped" meaning foot. Here is one of our favorite guys riding a bike using the PEDals:
Please email us if you have questions about our scrapbook or how to bring roots to life in your school! We love to talk roots!!!