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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

I'm not sure who had more fun making their Halloween lantern, me or the kids.  I could't wait to get home to show my family what I made in school today!  I LOVE my Frankenstein (my favorite monster) <3 Thank you to our class moms, Mrs. Bars and Mrs. Nelson for planning a fun day for us all!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Quiet Valley



A good time was had by all at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudburg, PA.  Here are some of our favorite pictures from the day. Thanks to all of our class parents who came along for the ride.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Happy to be back!

I can think of no other profession where you are greeted with hugs and high fives when you return to work after being away for a few days.  I LOVE THESE KIDS!  The four days of Orton-Gillingham training was incredible and my brain hurt at the end of each day from all the new information I was learning.  I'm excited to implement the strategies and techniques we learned into our weekly word study.  You'll see the Words Their Way homework change up a bit.  A new schedule of weekly homework will be added to agendas.

Book Talks

Book talks were introduced in class today and we had fun listening to several students share what they were reading.  Each marking period, every student is responsible to give one book talk and one book presentation.  We have not demonstrated book presentations at this time.  A thorough book talk includes the following information shared in a casual atmosphere with discussion, questions and answers facilitated by the student giving the talk.  All students have a script to follow to be sure they hit all the points.  It's a great way to share great reads and get kids talking about books!

  • hook
  • title and author
  • genre
  • picture of book cover
  • brief summary
  • main characters and setting
  • main problem
  • favorite scene or favorite character or author's purpose
  • rating/recommendation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Metacognition

(picture courtesy of Marsha Richardson)

(picture courtesy of adventuresinliteracyland.com)

Metacognition is the big term we learned today, which simply means thinking about our thinking.When we ask the questions we've noted in our Reader's notebooks, we are working with metacognition and thinking about what we're thinking!