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October 23, 2011

In Honor of Halloween...

Since I have been drooling over the new book If You Give a Dog a Donut, I have been thinking about a way to use as a guide for a writing lesson related to Halloween.

Here is what I came up with:

1. Read some of Laura Numeroff's books. Have several copies available for the students to use for their own writing.

2. Begin a writing templet for your students:
"If you give a witch a cauldron... "
"If you give a witch a broom.... "
" If you give a ghost some gum..."
" If you give a vampire a vegetable..."

3. Have students write their own stories.

With younger students, the teacher and students could write the story together. It could be illustrated by the students and made into a class book. I cannot wait to do this activity!

Happy Reading!

October 16, 2011

A New Book from a Favorite Author

I am so excited to see Laura Numeroff has another book out! I will have to add it to my holiday wish list!

I have used these books to help build sequence. I type out the text on several strips of paper. I put them in a bowl. After several readings of this book, I have the students pull out the text strips and then place them in the correct sequence. For my struggling readers, I let them look back at the pictures to help them put the text in sequence!

Happy Reading!!

October 9, 2011

Personal Narrative

I was teaching a class about reading and writing personal narratives. I came up with this poster to remind the students what is in a personal narrative. We have been reading several books with a personal narrative theme and this poster comes in handy when we talk about why the books are narratives.

I loved telling the students they are the "STAR" of their personal narrative.

S = Story about me

T = Tells about my feelings

A = Always use I

R = Reader will learn something about me

( You could also use R = Remember to write in sequence)

Students are going to write personal narratives which will be posted on the bulletin board. I will keep with the "star" idea and write "Now Starring....." across the top. Stars with their names will be attached to their writing.

Happy Reading!

October 8, 2011

If You Give A ......

I blogged about a writing lesson HERE. I was teaching in a classroom on Friday and gave the lesson a try. I read If You Take a Mouse to School to the class. We talked about the pattern of the text and about other books by the same author. It was my friend's classroom and she lets me teach writing lessons when I substitute teacher for her : )

I was so pleased with the lesson and it was so much fun! The students came up with some great writing ideas! Here are two pictures of the writing. We wrote a sample together first.

The students decided to cast a spell on me... LOL.
One student had a very creative writing piece. I took the picture with my IPhone. I wish it was bigger! Here is part of one student's story:

If you take a vampire to the drive-in he will want to see Twilight. He will want to drink fruit punch because he thinks it's blood.


Other students had some clever beginnings:
"If you take a zombie to the arcade..."
"If you take a vampire to the zoo..."
"If you take a ghost to the movies..."



Happy Reading!

Anchor Charts

There is a great post about how to use charts in the classroom by another blogger:


Chalk Talk

Go check it out Here at Chalk Talk

I know I am going to borrow some of these great ideas!

Happy Reading!