Advice For A Character, Theme

Thursday, April 19, 2018 No comments
Theme is one of my favorite units! As the year comes to a close we are focusing on theme across our literacy block. We are using Kate Robert's "A Novel Approach" for most of our literacy block but, we also have the iReady curriculum so, we tie it all together. Currently, my class is working on comparing themes across texts in iReady and also doing a theme skills focus in A Novel Approach. As we work through the curriculum, my kiddos are also participating in a three week novel study of "Three Times Lucky". This book is AWESOME! (heads up, there are some inappropriate words) It is a murder mystery which is a genre that does not get much attention. My kiddos are eating this up!! As we read this we are incorporating theme skills from Jennifer Savallo's "Reading Strategies" book. I mapped out my theme unit with the curriculum, mini lessons for our novel study, read aloud days, independent reading, as well as silent reading. If this sounds like a lot.... read "A Novel Approach". That book changed the way I run my reading block and it is AMAZING. Today, we talked about giving advice to a character in "Three Times Lucky". Then, we discussed what we could learn from the advice they gave. The conversation coming out of my classroom was great! I was so impressed! This mini lesson is from "Reading Strategies" which if you don't have it, get on Amazon NOW!

Here is our anchor chart from today:

Happy Thursday! Thanks for visiting!

Growth Mindset - Resiliance

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 No comments
This is an activity that I did awhile ago and just haven't gotten around to sharing. This year a big focus has been growth mindset. I have chosen to focus my health class time on Tuesdays to this growth mindset concept. So, every-ish Tuesday ;) we do some growth mindset activities. We started with the theme of optimism and with that came the topic of bouncing back from our problems. I started the lesson with having the kids name problems that the face. They could be big, small, daily, once, etc. After we shared our problems we then talked about rating our problems on a scale of 0-10. A "1" problem would be your pencil braking and a "10" problem would be the death of a family member, for example. After that they shared their rating of their problems and ideas for bouncing back from their problems. We shared our ideas and made a class anchor chart. Last, I gave them a paper plate to write a problem and how they bounce back. The decorated them to look like bouncy balls. Here is our hall display:

Doodle Newsletter Template for ALL GRADES! Editable!

Sunday, April 15, 2018 No comments

Here is another newsletter template for you! I have it for all grades on my TPT store. I also have fourth grade as a freebie here!