Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Marty McGuire - The Beginning

Now that we have officially welcomed our Global Read Aloud partner classes into classroom virtually, it is time to start discussing the book.

Our Global Read Aloud book is...

We are currently on Chapter 3 and are really enjoying the book. 

Our class has begun a "Marty McGuire is..." chart. We are interested in seeing how her character evolves as the book goes on. 
Here is our chart with our most currently thinking:

While we continue reading, we will see if our thoughts about Marty are confirmed or have changed.

The students of room 222 are also keeping Reader's Notebooks with their thoughts. Here is a sampling of today's thinking:

Mrs. Aloi and her maracas.

Marty and Veronica Grace

Marty McGuire is trying to get the frog.

Writing as Marty: "I went to the pond at recess today."

Marty McGuire scooted up to a frog. The boys found it. She caught it but she got in trouble.
In connection with our book, we also started a Jane Goodall unit.
We watched an amazing Reading Rainbow video featuring the famous researcher and gathered any text we could find to help with our research.

Our friend, S.F. found an amazing article in a magazine she had at home. Great detective work!

Now for some questions:

Mrs. Del Rosa's Class,

We enjoyed reading your welcome letter on your blog. It was really cool to see the pictures of your school. We hope you are enjoying the book as much as we are. We have a few questions for you. 

1. Have you read any other books that you are connecting to Marty McGuire?
 We are making connections to both Junie B. Jones and Chrysanthemum. 
2. How hot is it in your area this week? 
It just started to get chilly here. It is in the 50's this week.

Mrs. Temple's Class,

Thank you for the welcome e-mail we got on Mrs. Bright's phone the day our internet was out. We can't wait to see some pictures of your room and area. Wefound all of our partner classes on Google Earth and your neighborhood looked interesting. We have a few questions for you.
1. Have you done any learning about Jane Goodall? If so, what facts did you find interesting?
We are interested with her study of Chimpanzees. Many of us are interested in learning more about animals because of her studies.

2. Are the houses in your area newer or older? 
We live in a very new area. The houses are new-ish and so is our school.

We can't wait to hear from you!

Mrs. Bright's Class - Room 222


  1. Dear Mrs. Bright's Class,

    We loved reading your welcome post and your first Marty Mcguire post. As a class we decided that we would like to learn more about ponds and frogs since Marty loves to play in the school pond. It is still pretty warm here during the day and we are still wearing summer clothes! At night and in the morning it is starting to cool off. We can't wait to hear back from you!

    Mrs. Del Rosa's Class

  2. Mrs. van Rees' Grade One ClassOctober 17, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Mrs. Bright's Class,

    We really like your blog! We are reading Marty Mcguire too! We just finished chapter 7 today. We are really liking the story so far. We won't talk about it, because we have read more chapter than you and we don't want to spoil it!

    We are wondering what your classroom looks like?

    From your Blogging Buddies,
    Mrs. van Rees' Grade One Class
    Maarifa, Rio, Diya, Kaavya, Justin, Kartick, Ranit, Zunaira, Jayden, Kaitlynn, Trent, Aiden H., Clark, Dakota, Kailey, Leeya, Aiden G., Landon and Yasir.