Ok, so in order to understand this post, you probably should have already read this one. Anyhow…today was one of the most exciting days in our classroom up to now. Really–I was excited for what I knew would come from that mysterious pile of brown-paper-wrapped rectangles–and my kids didn’t disappoint with their reaction to the whole thing.
So that answer to that question yesterday was this:
Each kiddo was given their very own, specially wrapped Writer’s Notebook! I gave them a new pen, too, since we have a “pen only” rule when we write in our notebooks. And it was the clicky kind of pen, which was extra cool.
Now….before they could be gifted their very own, specially wrapped new Writer’s Notebook—which we fondly refer to as our “bears”–they had to agree to a few specific things and sign our class writing pledge (I’ll show you that tomorrow!). Then the brown-paper-package was theirs (and yes, I was tempted to tie them up with string!). Just look at their faces:
The whole class waited with anticipation as each kiddo individually came up to the easel to promise, then sign the pledge, and were given their goodies. Then once we all had our presents, they got busy unwrapping:
Ok, and so while I know that video is blurry in places (sorry!) and out-of-focus (sorry again!), I KNOW you can see the joy on their faces and hear the excitement in their voices. And believe me, it’s all real. They have been waiting for this day for a while (like Devan said today, “It only took 4 weeks!”), knowing that one special day, after they’d learned the right way to use that Writer’s Notebook, they’d have their own. From the second I walked over to my chair with the pile in my arms, I heard whispers of “today’s the day” and “those are our notebooks!” and lots of suddenly-jumpy 5th graders who were eager–honestly eager–to start the next phase of our writing journey. AND I LOVE THAT!
So now their “cubs” have grown into “bears” (which I heard Anna exclaim after she’d unwrapped her present) and they’re ready to continue their learning journey as capable, FEARLESS fifth grade writers.
Do you have a Writer’s Notebook? Does it have a special name? What does it look like? Our homework tonight was to decorate our notebooks. 🙂