Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week in Review

December is here and it is time to get serious. We spent a lot of time this week discussing the quality of our work. We discussed that it is more powerful to have one amazing writing piece a week rather than 5 unfinished ones.  To help us with this, we cleaned out our folders. Each student kept two pieces to work on, gave two pieces to me to save and took the rest home. 

It felt good to have a clean start.

To help us with the quality of our writing, we are practicing Writing Snapshots. This allows the students time to practice one writing technique from an author and not having to write a whole piece. 
This week the kids worked on See Saw patterns and creative text font to show meaning.

In our writing pieces this week, we focused on making our characters come alive through movement and voice. 

This is a great example of using your illustrations to get a point across to the reader.

Room 222 also had an AMAZING showing at the Kaneland Writing and STEM Night. Thank you to everyone who joined us for an amazing night of learning. 9 students from our classroom went. That might be a record!

We learned all about Liquid Nitrogen in the STEM session. 

In one of the writing sessions, the kids got to meet an author, hear her talk about the writing process, hear her read her story and help her act it out!!!  This amazing experience happened right in our own Kaneland backyard!

Last but not least, we took time thinking about our trick words. We are working through a list of words that do not follow easy spelling patterns. Instead of writing them over and over again in hopes that this kids memorize them, we took time to talk about them and really understand them. Watch and listen to the amazing conversations happening in Room 222. Keep an ear open for the background comments too! I always hear something new that makes me smile.

I Notice from LBright on Vimeo.

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