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.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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.
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.