Oh my goodness! Week 11 already?? We’re moving and grooving and totally rocked the book-reading this week! Seemed like they came in pairs this time around; one of our authors has written lots of books that are related to each other so we read them together!
Here’s the current display:
We’re all the way up to 176 now!! Yep, we read 21 books this week! Told you we rocked it! 🙂
Here are the new ones. 🙂
See what I mean about pairs of books? We had 4 sets of books from Sandra Boynton and Lola Schaefer (she seemed to do it so many times it HAD to be on purpose! Ms. Schaefer, if you read this, please tell us if it is!!). There were a couple of kid-readers this week, too, as Celia read a book SHE WROTE to us called Donut, and Natalie read us Doggies and Blue Hat, Green Hat after working on them for a while to get them ready to share with her classmates! Also, we read Mystery Vine, by the same author as our old favorite David’s Drawings, Cathryn Falwell. Man, I love it when we can revisit old friends. 🙂
Now, you know that RM. 111 and 112 love reading no matter what, and that we love all books and all readers, but I also know you know that there is not much better than when MRS. SISUL READS TO US!! Again, you’re probably not surprised at all that she came back this week to read. And that she was on ROLLER SKATES!! Man, Robinson is a super amazing place to learn and read! 🙂
What did you read this week? What pairs of books have you tried? Share with us!! 🙂
Somehow, even though we only had 3 days of school this week, we read more books than all of last week. Maybe because I wasn’t happy with the fact that we only read 10 and we had to catch up a little? Who knows, but we were busy readers and added some great titles over the last few days. Here’s our wall as of October 20. We’re up to 155 now!!
This week’s books were varied and fun. Check them out!
See those Mem Fox books? Yep–Global Read Aloud is still rocking and rolling! We are beginning a pumpkin project in reading so had to read those two books about pumpkins, and some were just for fun!
Mrs. Sisul came by on Friday to share Monster Trouble with us, and you know Principal Read Alouds are always a big hit!
This one was so great and we were all surprised with how the little girl tricked the monsters with KISSES!!
What would you like to see us read? What recommendations do you have for us that you have read lately or that you just really love? We’d love to hear about books we don’t know about yet. 🙂
I shared already about how we finally started this year’s Global Read Aloud, and about many things we had already done with our first book–Koala Lou.
Well, those predictions and pictures weren’t the only things we did! As in the story, we created our own version of the Olympics, but made the Robinson Olympics and created animals that we would see in our own “bush” that could cheer on Koala Lou. We worked with our “pincher” fingers to create our animals, rather than scissors. Ms. Turken created a fabulous tree for our Koala Lou to climb, and two friends also created a sign. We were pretty proud, and hung our Olympics in our hall for all to see.
As we went through the week, however, I kept looking at our FABULOUS display thinking something was missing. Those animals down there, who were supposed to be cheering on their friend Koala Lou, weren’t saying anything! Also, we didn’t have a sign and so really only we knew what the mural was for but no one else who walked by and saw it knew what our creation was about.
So…we worked another morning to add speech bubbles to our animal friends. We worked in partners to make sure our work was first grade perfect and that others could read what we were saying. Our friends helped us make sure we used the word wall, put in all the sounds and had the correct punctuation before we “published” our final bubbles for the wall.
And so now when you walk down our hallway–which is a pretty great location for sharing what’s going on, by the way!–you can tell exactly what’s going on and what the mural is for. And so that way you can more greatly appreciate all the hard work that these first graders have done! Way to go, Rm. 111 and 112 friends!
What a great way to respond to a great book!! 🙂
We ended our first quarter this week, and also our first chunk of fun in our #classroombookaday challenge. We ended up with 142 books in our first 9 weeks together and WOW were there some good ones! Here’s our wall as of October 13:
We must have been busy doing lots of other things (including end-of-unit assessments I guess), and only read 10 books this week. Here are the highlights:
We were in Week 2 of the Global Read Aloud this week, and so Possum Magic was on the top of our list. 🙂 We also added in This and That and also Particular Cow by Mem Fox. As we like to do, we added in more books by authors we already know, and so we read My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown and The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers.
As we were studying light and sound in science, we read The Energy We See. This week was disABILITIES awareness week in our school, so we read Aneil Has a Food Allergy, as we talked about physical disabilities on Thursday. The Amazing Autumn book was just for some fall fun, as was the book When I Was Five. Lastly, we added another Show-Me Award nominee to our list, and read Fur, Fins and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo.
Whew! That list makes me a little tired and a lot happy! Here’s to adding even more to the wall this week as we start a new quarter of reading and learning together!
And just because I’m always thinking about numbers (and reading, too) I figured out 142 X 4 quarters means we’ll be at 568 (or so) and that beats last year’s number!! Here’s to continuing to share amazing books with amazing kids!
I think it was two years ago when I first officially joined the Global Read Aloud. We were reading The Year of Billy Miller that year and I was teaching 2nd grade. I was invited by my Tweep Tam in Australia and was excited to collaborate worldwide with other kids and teachers reading the same text. Then last year, as I returned to 1st grade, I brought Ms. Turken along for the ride and had an even more amazing journey exploring and responding to Lauren Castillo books!
As we moved into this fall, excitement was high to join this project again, and THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! We are so jazzed to be studying Mem Fox (and old, familiar favorite author!) and sharing our learning along the way. We will for sure use Seesaw to show our friends and family our thinking, but also hope to collaborate with other kids via Skype, too.
We started with a short video about Mem Fox, and some wondering about both her life and Australia, where she lives. Then, I shared a book I had written when I was teaching 2nd grade (as a mentor text during a culture study we were doing in Social Studies). It was a little indulgent–I got to have a Peter Reynolds moment and say “Australian Culture, by ME!”–but also helped give kids some background on Australia before we read.
Australian Culture Book
Kiddos wrote and drew about what they learned and uploaded their thinking to their Seesaw journals.
Today we came back, ready to hear Koala Lou (the first week’s book), but instead we first teased kiddos with a habit that we’ve learned that good readers do–take a sneak peek. We studied the front and back covers and kiddos made predictions about what they thought the story might be about. They did a pretty good job of guessing some things that actually happened in the story. Again, these were uploaded into Seesaw so we could share our learning. 🙂
Then…finally, last thing today, IT WAS TIME to finally hear the story! We gathered in Rm. 112 and it sounded something like this:
We are SO EXCITED to see what comes next! Art maybe? Have any suggestions for us? 🙂