Today we listened to a story that a student added to. We had heard the story before and they had a lot of questions about the "niceness treasure". So the student went back and added to his story! They LOVED the story and we talked about how together (mostly the student ;)) we went through the 6 habits of thinkers!
1. As a class-we asked questions.
2. We collaborated together to come up with some ideas for the student.
3. The student created more parts to his story.
4. He persevered because he had to keep at it to get the story right!
5. He thought flexibly because he didn't have to agree with adding more to his story!
6. He sat up there and communicated his story with confidence!
What a great lesson within a lesson! Loved it! Hope you do too!
Today we reread Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great (which that book is just hilarious) and talked about how Goat's opinion changed from the beginning of the book to the end! So they practiced writing their own opinions! Not only did they do a good job using phrases and words that help express their opinions, they did a fantastic job standing up and sharing their ideas with confidence! Not easy to do!
Today Sparkles left us a gingerbread experiment to try out! Since most of the gingerbread books we read, the gingerbread ends up in the river, we are going to test out what would happen if the gingerbread got wet!
Sparkles had us predict what we thought would happen and then record our observations of what happened! Just for fun I added in food coloring water, vinegar and starch! They had a blast!
There are some great stories, nonfictions books and other kinds of books being created during Writing Workshop! We have coloring books, nonfiction books about whales and a great collaborative effort of a book about the world using maps! They were so inspired from a book I read about Australia! Love it!
Today I shared a story with your children about a young girl name Safyre. She was in a house fire and lost her family, her hand and foot and has had extensive surgeries on her face. All she asked for for Christmas was Christmas cards. (I'm sure you may of seen it on social media, I found it from the news). So we decided after hearing the story that we were going to make her beautiful, happy, colorful cards to send her!
Your children are so thoughtful, sweet and really placed themselves in their shoes. We talked about how a lot of good can come from a lot of bad. I'm sure they will be talking about this tonight. I heard a lot of deep conversations from them this morning. You've raised some great kids :)
Sparkles the Elf has visited us! Last night she ate too much cotton candy and got a little wild! She played Go Noodle and then crashed! They left her notes of apologies and questions they have too!
BUT we had A LOT of trouble this morning following directions and not talking out. So I said Sparkles was leaving. They spent their whole writing workshop writing OPINIONS about why she should stay! So, they shared their opinions (which worked out perfectly-and not on purpose), and tried to convince me to let her stay. It didn't work :/ But she'll hopefully be back tomorrow!