Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rules for Valentines

Sometimes I forget my little ones haven't really experienced much in this world yet. We talked about Valentine's Day and planned our activities, but the reality for them was so much more! They were beyond excited-"this is the best day of my whole life". :) 

After we passed out our valentines, I asked them to look at them and see what was always true about valentines. This is one of the concepts of Kaplan's Depth and Complexity--Rules. What rules can we state about valentines. I think some of them really came up with some creative answers!

It's always true that love spreads.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Conversation Heart Sentences

Writing sentences is one of our objectives and it's a tough one for many of my kiddos. Even if they can sound out their words, they usually don't have the stamina to write for very long. We talked about all the different ways writers get inspired and this time we were going to be inspired by conversation hearts. I gave each student a heart with a word or phrase and they had to use that in their sentence. (By the way, someone should do a study on how much the phrases on these heart have changed over the years--on fleek? LOL? ).

Here are there sentences:

When I was a baby my mom called me Beauty Queen.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our Annual Vocabulary Runway Show

We all know vocabulary is important-especially for reading comprehension and being good writers. I work in a school with close to 100% of our students qualifying for the free lunch program. Which means their families live in poverty. Studies show that these kiddos just do not hear the same amount of words growing up as their wealthier counterparts. We need to make up for that gap in schema.

One thing I like to do is to have our own Vocabulary Runway Show. I assign each student a word (I choose words particularly that they can use to spice up their writing a little bit). I ask the parents to help them come up with a costume that shows what their word means and each child writes a 2 line monologue to say. They say "I am....., that means...., and then they give an example of a sentence with that word in it. My favorite part is that they are not only learning their own word, but also the others of their friends. We will be reading a story and they hear the word ancient and they all turn to Sally because that was her word. They have a visual for it now.

My students have never presented in front of people before-so it was great experience for them in that regard as well! We invited the parents, rolled out the red carpet and had an informative show!



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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Love Is......

Sometimes I like to just give my students a Big Idea to write about. I gave them the prompt this morning that just said "Love is.....". I gave them the example that love to me is when I come home and my dog is so excited to see me and gives me kisses.

Here is what they came up with (I do LOVE that they came up with different ideas):

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Would You Want to Have a Robot for a Mother?

The chapter book I am reading as our read-aloud right now is the Wild Robot.

It's a story about a robot who gets stranded on an island and has to learn how to survive. She inadvertently knocks over a nest and saves the one viable egg which hatches into a gosling. Along with learning how to survive, she is also learning how to be a good mother.

" you can never be the perfect mother just do the best that you can".

So I asked my students to make an argument-would they like to have a robot for a mother? I mean a robot mother wouldn't even need sleep-there might be advantages. :) 

Here's what they came up with: 

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