Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Literacy choices

    Another choice during part of literacy time is "free write." Having time to write whatever they choose -- fiction, fantasy, songs, poems, letters, or even comic books -- unleashes students' creativity and stokes their passion for writing.

Literacy choices

    During part of our literacy time, students may choose to use iPads to practice phonics and reading skills.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sorting game

As part of our science unit, students sorted rocks by their properties, such as color, size, and shape. En they played a game in which one partner sorted a few rocks without telling the "rule" and the other partners added rocks that they thought fit the rule. A good exercise in logical thinking!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Writing celebration

     Today we celebrated the end of our unit on personal narrative writing. Students chose their best stories and put them out on the tables. Students then moved around the room reading one another's stories and writing compliments.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lunch room award

What a nice award to win!


Polishing the trophy that our class won for bringing in the most Box Tops in September and October.

Revising stories

 Today groups of students rotated through five stations to revise their writing. At the Spelling Station they wrote words three ways on Post-It notes to try to find correct spellings. At the Word Choice Station they tried to come up with stronger words. At the Punctuation Station they worked together to figure out where to put ending punctuation. At the Talking Station they added dialogue to their stories and tried to think of more expressive words than "said." And at the Endings Station they worked together to improve their story endings.