Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Wonderful World of Writing - Our Celebration

 
Today was our Writing Celebration for our Series Writing Unit (Lucy Calkins). Students were so excited to show off all of their hard work. This was a realistic fiction unit of study that drew on their knowledge of Small Moment Narrative Writing. Children used a writing rubric to ensure that their writing included all that was taught: great beginnings, character development, problem/solution, and of course, a great ending. They visited different tables and read their classmates stories. Afterwards, we debriefed and celebrated with Goldfish and Skittles. It is very important to recognize all of their efforts in the genre and celebrate it for the great work that it is.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Engine 30 Came to Visit


Today we had a visit from the Jacksonville Fire /Rescue Team including Firefighter Robert and his friends.  Students had a wonderful time hearing all about fire safety, seeing the truck up close, and getting to spray the fire hose.  One of the firemen put on the heavy duty gear in the 95 degree heat and explained different scenarios to the children about how not to be scared of a firefighter dressed up that way. Thanks Piper's dad (Robert) for showing us your truck and teaching us about fire safety.
 Yes - it was very hot today but you wouldn't know it from these firefighters who did all they could to show kids what they may look like if there is a fire...and not to be afraid and hide.
Lots of questions about what is on the truck - the hammers, ladders and first aid equipment - just a few of the hundreds of items that they carry.
 Each child had a chance to shoot the fire hose and knock down an orange cone.
It was such a great learning experience for the children.  Thanks so much!!!

Meet the Author - Last Days of Series Writing

We are putting the finishing touches on our realistic fiction writing series this week. Our students were introduced to the "Meet the Author" section that is listed on most book jackets. They did such a great job on this writing, we decided to have a class share and have all the children tell everyone about their family, hobbies and interests.  Students shared their "About the Author" page with a real picture of themselves to add the authentic look to their books.
 Students were overjoyed when they were given a sheet of paper with their picture on it.  This added surprise helped to fuel a productive day in Writer's Workshop.
Sharing their writing is a one the children's favorite things to do. They have come so far these last two years...on to 2nd grade very soon.