#classroombookaday UPDATE: Week of January 7, 2019

Welcome back to school!  We are getting back into our routine after a fantastic holiday break and I’m excited to share another great week of reading in first grade!  Check out our wall and how fast it is filling up!

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As of January 11, we were at 266 books!

Check out the books we’ve added since last week! 🙂

You may or may not be able to tell that we are working on fractions, problem solving, persuasive writing, and also did some learning about penguins.  Going Places and I Built a House were included in some design challenges (which I will share soon!) and some were just for fun. :).

I have gotten a couple of suggestions for new reads, please continue to share your ideas for what we should read next! 🙂

**Sidenote: As I was adding the Twitter mentions for this post, I realized how many authors we read this week had written other books we already love!  Thank you, Laurie Keller, for writing Potato Pants!  Just realized you also wrote Arnie the Doughnut, which we loved form last year.  Genius!  And of course, I noticed when we read Mae’s First Day of School that it was the same author as Hannah and Sugar (you’re awesome, Kate Berube!), another one we love–which has a song we love from Emily Arrow! It’s worth a share here, since it’s so good. 🙂

 

Can We Persuade You?

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to attend a very special writing celebration.  Our next-door-neighbors (Ms. Turken’s class) had been working on writing persuasive arguments and wanted to share them with us!

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She had kiddos divided into small groups, and everyone went around the circle and read aloud their essays.  Their writing was great!  We heard about a variety of topics, from girls being able to play traditionally “boy” sports, wearing helmets while skateboarding and bike riding, wearing seat belts and many more.  We were definitely treated to many great essays, and are thinking differently about these topics because of the evidence they shared with their opinions.  It was also helpful because we were getting ready to start this unit in our own Writer’s Workshop next!  It has been great to be able to use this day as a touchstone in our own persuasive work.  Great job, Ms. Turken’s class!

Check out a few more pics from this super learning opportunity:

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What do you know about persuasive writing?  What topic would you choose to write about if you had an opportunity to write an opinion essay?  We’d love to hear your ideas–we’re just  about ready to choose the ones we’ll write about! 🙂