Friday, August 15, 2014

Five For Friday!

Happy Friday! Whew, what a week!! You with me?? Here's what I was up to this week...
I've been working on getting all of our workshops set up and rolling! I got this goodie during the TPT B2S sale - I have been using Math Workshop for several years, but I loved that this had foldables to go with my set-up!
We also started working on building our reading stamina this week. My kids are up to 13 minutes! :o)
     
You can grab this freebie poster here! It's also included in my Launching Reading Workshop Pack!
I always start Writing Workshop by having the students collect some good seed ideas. I found a book that I used to use in 3rd grade (...that I had totally forgotten about!!! Do you do that, too?) and the kids loved it!
It is seriously the cutest book! Click here to buy it on Amazon!
I had my students make 12 boxes in their notebook, and after reading each page, I had the students write down a time they felt the same way as the girl!
These will make great stories later! :o)
I was actually able to get in a few mini-lessons this week! One of them excited my kids SO very much. I like to show Pixar short films in reading for comprehension strategies... after all... they are just visual stories! We watched Partly Cloudy and used Lovin Lit's awesome summarizing flapbook from her Interactive Reading Literature Notebook to practice "Who, Wanted, But, So, Then."
I was a good kid when I was in school (no, really!), but the only thing I ever got in trouble for was talking... I think sometimes my classes are my payback for that. :-P
I'll leave you with this little funny. I certainly have a couple of these kiddos this year...! :o)

5 comments:

  1. I, too, was a talker! It amuses my former teachers than I'm now a librarian. The Silly book is going on my fall list.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

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  2. I love "Today I Feel Silly... and Other Moods That Make My Day" I read it to my kids each year when we study feelings! I like the idea of having them make notes of a time that they felt that way! I'm pinning that picture for later!
    Thanks
    Michelle

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  3. Sounds like you had a great week. Thanks for sharing these resources. I literally wishlisted everything that you just talked about in your blog. I'm excited to use Pixar shorts this year with my kids! I'm certainly looking forward to watching your year unfold. :) Have a great weekend.
    Ana
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

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  4. I love that idea of having them record times they experienced different feelings - LOVE it! Pixar shorts are the best - I always watch them multiple times - like CLOSE viewing : )
    Have a great weekend!

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  5. I love the idea of Pixar shorts. I haven't used those before. Thanks for sharing such an engaging idea!
    Janie
    Are We There Yet?

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