April 22, 2018

Tadpole's Promise

The first time I heard this story a professor had read it to our class.  I didn't know what reaction I should've had.  Should I have laughed, cried, or jumped up and said, "Why?!"

If you haven't seen this book and you're looking for a surprise ending where your emotions are in constant turmoil, this is the book.  It's also amazing to see how many students "get" the ending!

Students responded in their notebooks using any comprehension strategy they wanted.  At the bottom, they had to write which strategy they used.

Here's their work!

My Dog Spot

With structured, guided practice students can respond to their reading!  I have taught the comprehension strategies-predicting, connections, questioning, retelling, inferring, and visualizing. Students can now independently pick a strategy and respond in their notebooks.

At times though, I have a specific lesson with a specific strategy I want them to use.  I used this book with my class to continue our work with visualizing.

I covered the front of the book and didn't show them any of the pictures.  I told them they had to visualize what the dog looked like by the descriptions the author used.  At the end, we brainstormed a list of what the dog looked like and they created an illustration.

Here's some of their work!

March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

We have been busy this week completing some Leprechaun activities.  Students created WANTED signs and we posted them around our school!

We also did some How To writing.  Students wrote how they'd catch one.

And of course to top it off, we drank DE-licious Shamrock Shakes!  I continually got thumbs up for how good they tasted.

On Monday, we'll check our trap and see if we were lucky enough to catch one!

Sad, the Dog

A teacher came across this book in the library and I just had to share it with my class.  It's about a dog who is an unwanted gift and he gives himself the name Sad.  The couple doesn't appreciated his many gifts.  They move out leaving the dog behind.  A new boy moves and he soon learns that he's the perfect fit.  At the end of the story, he gets a new name.  I'm a dog lover so this had me almost in tears!

I always review the comprehension strategies we've learned and then have students respond in their notebooks.  I try to do this once a week whole group.  At the bottom, they write how they responded.  Here are a few examples.

March 4, 2018

Newsletter for the Week of Mar. 5th

Book Character Day

We celebrated Book Character Day on Friday.  Here we are all dressed up!

And let me tell you, nothing made me grouchier then seeing another ladybug in our school!

We also celebrated Kindness Counts.  Copelyn and Nathan were picked for the month!