Valentine’s Day

What fun we had at our Valentine’s Day party on Tuesday!  The parents in charge of this party did such an amazing job putting together many great choices for us.  Each classroom had a different activity, and kiddos were allowed to participate in whichever they wanted.  The food was amazing, with the theme of “I’m So FONDUE of You.”  Cute, right?  Here are a few pics of the fun!

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The End of Literature

Literature Circles, that is. 🙂

We have spent the last few weeks meeting in Literature Circles to read and discuss a book together.  The kids have done an amazing job of thinking deeply and talking openly.

At the beginning of our study, we read several texts together, learning the roles that they would later use in their groups independently.  They learned–and then practiced–the roles of Discussion Director, Character Creator and Literary Luminary.

After we worked together, each student was given the choice of which Literature Circle they’d like to join.  Each kiddo gave their first, second and third choices for which group they’d like to join, then were put into groups of 4-6.  For the next three weeks students read and wrote questions about the book they chose.  Their lit group met three different times, and students had different roles each time.

The themes of the unit were responsibility and choice, as students focused on taking turns, making sure their voices were heard, and using the text to support their thinking.

My students did an amazing job with these groups!  They’re excited to try it again later in the spring with different book choices.  What great experiences we had together.

What experiences have you had with literature circles or book clubs?  Do you have any advice for us for the next time we meet? What book would you choose to read?

Love This Quote

I just had this quote on the side of my WordPress screen and thought it was great:

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov

Love what it means about how writing is not just mechanics and conventions.  Yes, those things are important, but more importantly it is thinking.  It is figuring out what you want to say and how you want to say it.  It’s deciding on who your audience is and how to best get your message out to them so that they “get it.”  The mechanics and conventions are then the part you fix, as a courtesy to your reader, so that they can clearly understand what you’re saying.

What do you think?

Student Led Conferences

Click on the link above to schedule your Spring Student-Led Conference! We’re excited to share with you about what’s been going on in Rm. 201!  You probably received an email already, but in case you didn’t, or if you just haven’t had a chance yet, reserve your spot today!  Remember to check your child’s calendar, too, since they need to be there, too!

Thanks Pernille Ripp for the tip on using VolunteerSpot to do this!