|We have found so many different ideas we can add!|
Our next step is to take our wonderful ideas and thoughts through the writing process, from life-to-notebook-to-draft! We will spend a few more weeks gathering ideas and daily pages before we launch into writing our first narrative this year.
|Our thoughts concerning A Writer's Notebook|
have really grown in these last two weeks!
|Taking a moment to share how each story adds|
to what we know about writing...
One of our "for fun read alouds" is a fave of mine. No really, more than most haha. This playful story, Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian, starts off simple enough: "Day One I swam around my bowl. Day Two I swam around my bowl. Twice." However, before you know it Goldfish's simple life is filled with a number of challenging characters and it is more than he can handle. In the end, Goldfish learns how much he loves his new "family." I like to think of my classroom as our own little family, full of many of its own
challenging um... interesting characters!
Kids are getting ready to start sharing their Reading Response letters with me. Lots of practice (and a little "cheat-sheet" which brought out tons of "you're the best teacher ever") have prepared most students to turn in their response notebooks on the appropriate day. I glanced at many last week as students eagerly shared what they had so far. This is a new step for some of these kiddos, and I think it may be a while before I am seeing the quality I expect.
I am very proud of how much reading stamina and joy in reading my students are showing. This is the first year for me to use my little "book worm" as a drawing for a book prize. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but as students complete a chapter book, they fill out a completion form and drop it in our book worm jar. (Students must have also had this book entered on the reading log in their binders and have responded about this book in their reader's notebooks on a dated page.) Just look at all these entries so far!
Alright, here is the familiar song and dance; I think that catches me up on my goal for a picture book-a-day. I am thinking about making a page just to pull out each book, so I can really see where I am at. Guess we will see!