Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Visit from ABC

Today, our class got a visit from ABC (Anti-Bullying Committee), which consists of several high students. They came to our class to spread the word about working through any issues concerning bullying. Ask your student to summarize their presentation. Hopefully this visit today will make sure they think before they act, or on the reverse, stick up for themselves and others. The kids who visited today from PHS did an outstanding job!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Reading and Responding

As of late the students have been responding to the novels that they are reading. Each reading class starts with a mini-lesson and then we apply that knowledge to our novels. Some sample lessons that we have talked about lately are: Scene Snapshot, Conflict, Antagonist, and Character Flaw.
The students have done a terrific job in their responses! Most of the time they are asked to provide two pieces of evidence from their novel to back up their thinking. Additionally, they are give time with a reading "buddy" to share and discuss their thoughts. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Writing Celebration

Today we had our writing celebration for our Personal Narrative unit. The students have been working on these writing pieces for the last 6 weeks, so they were very excited to get feedback from their peers. We rotated around the room as the students had a chance to read writing pieces from other pods/tables. To take care of snacks/drinks I used SignUpGenius. You can read more about that here on my Tech for Teachers blog. Below are pics of the students hard at work:)