Nov 25, 2014

November Independent Writing Prompts and 6 Traits Writing Rubric









Be sure to check out some of our writing items in our TPT store.  Our monthly writing prompts and soooo easy to follow.  Just copy paper and you are ready to go!!  If your district uses the 6 traits of writing we have posters to and goal sheets to help drive students' writing.

Nov 14, 2014

One Big Pair of Underwear...Too Cute

Laura Giel sent my class an autographed copy of her book called One Big Pair of Underwear.  I introduced the book today to my students.  I told them the title of the book, showed them where she had autographed the book, and discussed with them that she wanted us to review her book.  We use a bubble gum rubric to rate things, so I told them once I was done reading it they were going to have to rank it on the rubric and then justify why they gave it this score. 
After I was done reading it, my students thought about the book and then ranked One Big Pair of Underwear.  It was unanimous they gave it a score of a 4.  They said at the beginning the bears were not synergizing and thinking win-win.  But at the end, they realized that working together made everyone happy.  They thought it was loaded with descriptive words which gave them a better picture of what was happening in the book.  They loved the math that was presented in the book because they were comparing objects.  At the end of the story, they loved how they put the big pair of underwear on some some sticks and used it as a banner for their parade.  

My students not only enjoyed the book, but they thought they were famous because they were actually reviewing a book for someone.  Thank you Laura Giel for donating such a fun book to our classroom.


Nov 8, 2014

Veterans Day Word List and Word Wall and ABC'S of Veterans Day on Sale

With Veterans Day around the corner, we thought we would created some word cards/word lists for this special holiday.  My kiddos love to create things, so what a perfect opportunity for them to thank our vets!  It is up on our TPT store under Veterans Day Word List and Word Wall Cards.  It is only $4.  Click here to check out this fun product:  Veterans Day Word List and Word Wall Cards.

ABC'S of Veterans Day is another fun project that we have in our TPT store.  It is a great way to review the alphabet and at the same time review the meaning of Veterans Day. 
We just put both of these products on sale starting Saturday and running through Tuesday. 

Nov 4, 2014

Guided Writing...We are ready for independent writing

We have been doing guided writing every since the first day of school which means we have been doing it for 55 days.  Once a month we have been doing an independent writing so that I can progress monitor our writing using our writing rubric.  Typically I don't start independent writing until the end of November, but this year I am going to try to give it a whirl tomorrow for the first time!!!  I will definitely share our results tomorrow.  Our goal has been to write at least 2 sentences and write at least one descriptive word...so we will how well we do on these 2 goals!
These kids love to write.  They are the best at segmenting and understanding the letter/sound relationships.  Every day during our reading center block, we work hard on: guided reading, word work, writing, and some kind of DIBELS component.  These activities seem to provide the magic touch for them connecting everything together because things are really clicking for them!!!
I use some of our DIBELS items from our TPT store each and every day.  We work on Letter Naming Fluency, First Sound Fluency, Segmenting, and soon will be working on nonsense words working hard on those CVC patterns.  Check our our TPT store for these Dibels products!
We read a fun book called, Even Monsters Need Haircuts and did a fun project around this book.  The students LOVED this project.  They each drew a monster, painted the monster, and of course gave their monster a haircut!!  I will post a picture of this tomorrow once our writing is completed!!