Last week was another whirlwind. But we managed to get quite a few things done.
It was actually a 5 day week, so we had our full time each day to get our routines down. EVERY day we start with our Daily Writing Review. The kids are enjoying it, and I’m already seeing some of the rules and things we talk about each day in their writing. So that’s a huge win! If you are interested in those sets, you can click here.
As soon as we finish with those, we go to our journals.
This week our focus was verbs. I created another folding page with some mentor sentences for the students to look at during discussion. Then, students wrote for 10 minutes and were invited to try out proving verbs in their journals. If they could find 3 and PROVE them, they got a star on their page…which means 1 extra point on a daily grade.
**Update** If you are interested in purchasing the parts of speech folding pages, you can grab your set here.
And I’m totally going to be honest with you right now. I was in a major hurry for a couple of my classes to get their writing pieces published…because the principal wanted us to have some writing in the case up by the office by Thursday night…OPEN HOUSE…so I dropped journaling time down to 5 minutes on Tuesday, and they got no time on Wednesday or Thursday. GULP! And I didn’t like that. Not one bit. But sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do…. *sigh*
Their daily grade for Friday was to write a journal entry and prove 3 verbs. Again, they all did very well. And they feel confident. What an awesome thing, huh? 😉
In Writer’s Workshop…yes, that’s what I call it…
Can we have a side conversation for a minute? *Crowd nods head*
Ok…so many people ask me about using my scopes or Gretchen’s lessons in Writer’s Workshop. I even had someone tell me that she didn’t see how to do that. Y’all. You can use Gretchen’s lessons in ANY framework or format you need. I use Writer’s Workshop AND her lessons. They are lessons for good writing. Period. End of story. Make them fit your needs. They can. They will.
*Drops the mic*
So where were we? Oh yeah…Writer’s Workshop! (DUH!) This week we finished up our flipbooks.
Once we were finished, we went through revision stations. (You can grab a copy of the narrative version here.) It’s so fun to watch how much they actually add to their stories as they walk around and read the questions at each station. And their responses are
comical priceless! “Man! This makes my writing so much better!” or “Wow, Mrs. Shook! I didn’t know I could write like this!”
Hmmmm….I have a good idea EVERY now and then, kids….
I didn’t get a picture of the kiddos at the revision stations. Oops. Dang it! Now you know I’m human.
I hate to admit this…but this is my first year actually focusing on Sparkling Sentences. Sure, I’ve read student samples before to the class, but I didn’t make a concerted effort to pull out awesome sentences at least a couple times a week to show kids. Boy, was that a mistake!
My kids are LOVING Sparkling Sentences!! You should see their little faces light up when they see that I have chosen their sentence to share with the class. They just glow!!
These are the two I selected for last week. Both of them are very different, but they both pack some serious punch.
Then I had them write down their sentence for me and illustrate it. They got a big kick out of that, too. These are now posted on my wall above my whiteboard. Once I get a bunch more, I’ll take a picture of the collection.
If you aren’t doing this, what are you waiting for?!?! Get up and dig some awesome sentences out of your kids’ writing and show off their skills to everyone!
Guess what? I already have students imitating those sentences! Another WIN!!
By the end of the first 4 weeks of school, this is what is in our writing folders: kernel essay, flipbook, mentor text for Color It Up, and two sets of the Daily Writing Review. Just thought I would include that.
So as I told you, some students actually finished their publishing this week. Not many, but some did. We should have everyone published by tomorrow…Wednesday of week 5. Sheesh! It’s so slow in the beginning!
Anywho. That’s our week. Thanks for reading along. I hope you had a great, productive week.
Until next time…