First up this week is a proud mommy moment. We signed a birthday card for Grandma and check out what my three year old did on her own! This was the first time she wrote her name all by herself and I was so proud of her. I mean "Isabella" is pretty tough to write for a three year old!
In Writing this week we worked on a super fun intro lesson to opinion writing. As a treat I brought in little packs of Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, and Chocolate Bars. The students were able to pick a type of candy to work with during the lesson. In front of them they had a blank opinion plan and a sticky note. While tasting the candy in front of them, they had to decide on their favorite color Skittle or Sour Patch Kid. If they had chocolate (my poor friends with braces) they chose their favorite type of chocolate bar. On the post it note, the students had to write two reasons to support why they liked the "yellow Skittle" or whichever they chose. Next, they took their plan and post it to a group of students who picked the same color of the candy, so all the "Red Skittles" met together. They discussed why they liked the Red Skittle the best. Some students said it reminded them of strawberries and strawberries reminded them of summer time, the red was sweet like sugar, or just red was their favorite color. Each group worked to complete a plan together. From here, the students wrote a first draft using their opinion plan. I was so impressed with the quality of conversations in the groups, the brainstorming, and the writing. I know this was a very surface level opinion writing lesson, but it certainly grabbed their attention, allowed them to have fun while working, and showed me they were all able to choose, plan, and draft an essay! Things can only go up from here!
I am getting ready for Open House next week and I came across this great sign to add to my Power Point presentation. Sometimes parents don't realize how important it is to make sure their child reads every night. I think this will be a perfect hand out to explain the concept of reading every night.
My friend, Gary, AKA Scrappy Guy, has just reached (over) 100 Followers, and he is having an awesome Friday Funday, including a Remember When Linky! Make sure to go check it out, and check out my post from back in April, when I made it to 100 followers! Welcome to the blogging community Gary, we are happy to have you as one of our friends! :)
Have a fabulous weekend friends!