Thursday, April 13, 2017

Revision Party - Writer's Workshop

 Today we celebrated our series writing with a "Revision Party".  First, we brainstormed our favorite authors and talked about what we liked about their book and style of writing. Some students liked how Kevin Henkes uses the same characters in his books; some liked how Eric Carle makes his books fun making the pages so unique and others liked Mary Pope Osborne and how Jack and Annie's adventurers are always so interesting in The Magic Treehouse Series.
 Then the children were invited to use some of those favorite characteristics in their own writing by revising words and sentences.There was a lot of excitement in writing at this revision party!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kevin Henkes Celebration 2017

 It was time to celebrate our mentor author Kevin Henkes and his beloved mouse books. Children dressed up as their favorite character and had a great time rotating through centers this morning. These are our Lilly's and Mr. Slinger.
 The boys loved "Wendell" from "Weekend with Wendell."
 Chrysanthemum is a class favorite along with Mrs. Twinkle.
 Wemberly Worried was these three girls favorite!
Finally, we have Julius, Sheila Rae, and Lilly - this was a great day to celebrate a wonderful author!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kevin Henkes Puppet Presentations

Today students started bringing in their Kevin Henkes puppets from their favorite book. We had a few Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse presentations and the children had a wonderful time retelling the story with the puppets. We will be doing a few each day so that everyone has a turn to retell these great stories with lots of life lessons.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reader's Theater - Kevin Henkes

 The children are enjoying our Kevin Henkes Author Study this month. They have been practicing their Reader's Theater scripts and they take it very seriously. We have four script practices going on in our room this week: Chrysanthemum, Weekend with Wendell, Sheila Rae the Brave, and Owen which are all class favorites.
After a few days practice, students were up and doing their final rehearsal before their class presentation. These Reader's Theater scripts are not only fun for children, but it helps with fluency and intonation. After they present the play, they get to pick a new book to rehearse.

Friday, February 3, 2017

"Sleepover" Camping Out Under the Stars

 Today was the First Grade "Sleepover" - Camping Out Under the Stars. Students came to school in their pajamas had a whole day of sleepover activities. It started with a parade around the school with them holding their pillows and flashlights. The cupcakes are compliments of one of our room moms (Nicole). It was a memorable day for the kids.









Working on our Analogies


Students worked in groups on analogies in Writer's Workshop. Children wrote opinions about restaurants, ice cream stores, movies, games and sports. Those that wrote on the same topic, worked in groups and organized their analogies. 
They made beautiful cover and title pages for their collections.
Afterwards, the groups presented to the class. It was a wonderful way for them to talk about their opinions on the same subjects, collect their data, and report to the class.