Yesterday, we had our second writing celebration. We started off by showing our book cover, reading our title, and reading our favorite part to the entire class. Then we got into groups of 3 and read our entire stories. When we were done reading the other two people in our group told us a star and a wish, something they really liked, and something we could work on for next time. When we were done sharing, we got to have juice and cookies.
Last week we finished up our first writing unit on Small Moments. We picked one of our finished stories to fix up and fancy. We had our writing celebration on Friday. We took turns sharing our favorite part with the whole class. Then we got into groups of 3 and 4 and read our entire story. In our small groups we gave some feedback. We gave a star and a wish. A star is something that we really liked about the story and a wish is something we wish that they had done (something to improve on). When we were done, we had some cookies and juice. Take a look at our slide show below to see some of our celebration.
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Last week we learned another aspect of Daily 5. We began “Work on Writing.” During “Work on Writing” students are writing independently around the room about what they choose to write about. We started off just writing in our reader’s response notebooks. The students were given an activity ring to keep in their book baskets. On the ring are 12 ways to respond to texts. We have learned 3 of them; story map, favorite part, and beginning, middle, end. We did an example for each activity together as a class two weeks ago. Last week they picked from the three activities and wrote about a book that they had read from their book baskets. Students wrote at their desks, but will eventually be allowed to sit anywhere in the room and will have a choice about what they are writing about. Each day we have been building stamina, and are already up to 20 minutes!!
Today we got to decorate our treasure books. We brought in stickers, pictures, and words to glue on our notebooks. These will be our writing notebooks. We will be putting all of our “treasured” stories in them. We are so excited to start using them. Here are some pictures of us decorating them. If you would like to see a picture of us with our finished products, click on Treasure Books, over on the left hand side, under pages.
Today, students reviewed parts of speech using an app called Mad Libs. Students added words, parts of speech, to premade stories. If you would like to read our silly stories, just click on the link below to get to or classroom weebly. There is a pause button in the top left corner of each story. You can press the pause button to stop the slide show, so that you can read each story.
Last week we used an app called Story Kit to write and illustrate three similes. Click on the link below to get to our classroom weebly to view our Story Kits.
On Friday, we had our first writing celebration. Students picked one of their small moment stories to publish. They made a book cover, an all about the author page, and a dedication page. Students used the microphone to read their favorite part to the entire class. Then they broke off into small groups of 2-3 to read their entire stories. The other students in the group gave some positive feedback when they were done. When everyone was finished reading their entire stories, we had a treat of cookies and juice boxes. We also got to eat the cupcakes that Aidin’s mom had brought in when she was our Mystery Reader earlier in the day. Take a look at the slideshow below to see our writing celebration!
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Last week we worked on Ideas in writing. We have been learning how to come up with writing ideas, and then how to keep our writing narrowed down to a specific topic or small moment. We read a story called, The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli. In the story, a little girl is trying to write the best story ever. She goes around asking her family what makes a good story. They all have different ideas of what makes a good story and they all tell her to add different things, such as humor and romance. Finally, she asks her mom what makes a good story? Her mom tells her that a good story comes from your heart. Today we talked about that, and then we each made our own “heart map”. Inside a big heart, we wrote down things that are important to us and close to our heart. We also drew some little pictures. Below are a few examples of our “heart maps.” Click on one to see a bigger picture of it.