Friday, September 21, 2012

Writing Station Officially Opened

As you can see from our stories below, our writing work station has officially opened.  We have had stories, letters to Grandma, pictures in frames, notes to our BFFs and our teacher and so much more already created this week.  The class loves the writing station.  I try to keep it well stocked with interesting materials that will inspire my authors.  Be sure to watch for more published pieces from our class.

Apples by Alexis

Apples by Alexis
I love apples.
 Apples are nice.
Apples are my favorite fruit. 
Apples are wonderful.
Apples are healthy. 
I eat apples. 
 I like apples so much.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


by Harley
Once upon a time there were plenty of dinosaurs but all of the dinosaurs had a problem.  There was a big dinosaur.  It was 500 feet tall and it weighed 60 pounds.  But one day one dinosaur knew a way to stop the big dinosaur.  They took him DOWN!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Open House And A Treasure Chest

Thank you to all the parents and students that attended our Open House tonight.  The weather was beautiful, the food was a real steal of a deal and everyone left with a smile on their face.  The students that came shared their data notebook with their parents.  I was proud of how they took ownership of their data.  So far we have our attendance calendar, our reading stamina graph, levels A-C sight words, lower case and capital letter recognition and numbers 1-20 recognition  pages in our notebooks!  We had our book boxes, poetry journals, new readers and math journals at our place for our parents to look through.  We also had our cute little "busy bees" hanging around the room.  Good job class!
Another fun part of the day was many of the students first visit to the treasure chest.  They earn the privilege by their daily behavior that fills in their sticker chart.  It was a much anticipated event and everyone was happy with the "treasure" they chose.  Tomorrow several more students will be able to find their own treasure.  Keep up the good work everyone!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I PICK Song for "Good Fit" Books

The students are learning how to pick "good fit" books. If your child reads lots of "good fit" books they become a better, more fluent reader.  That is a goal we are working towards!
 A "good fit" book is... 
1. I choose, not you!
2. Purpose- Why am I reading? 
3. Interest- Do I like it? 
4. Comprehend- Do I understand? 
5. Know- Do I know most of the words? 
The first letter of the above spells out "I PICK". If you hear your child singing the song below you can sing along.  
(This was posted by saccoccioj on You Tube)