Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Decorating our Readers' Notebooks.

Our Readers' Notebooks are being covered with things that show who we are as readers. More to come when they're finished!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Partner Reading + The View From Here.

"We like reading because we can just get caught in the book if we're having a bad day," says Avery.

"I think reading is good for you and if you get stuck in a book you can always start over," says Daetona.

"Reading with a friend is good because we have a lot of friends around and they have books," says Taylor.

"It's fun to partner read because people like to have fun reading together," says Elizabeth.

"Reading is good for your brain!" Elizabeth says.

"I like partner reading because it is fun to read and find stuff [in books] together and you can find it by yourself but it's a little hard," Beau says.

"If you're reading a book and if you don't know about something you can look it up or you can ask your partner," says Mya.


Monday, August 29, 2011

We Draw Settings in our Writing.

Mya is outside at the zoo. Can you tell by the blue sky and animals?

It's raining in Caleigh's story.

Claira's cow lives in a field by the road.

Claira's tiger lives in the mountains.

Claira's bird and panda are flying in the sky!

Harry's owl, Hedwig, flies in the sky.

Kelsey's story is outside. Can you tell by the bushes and trees?

Abi's story takes place outside.

Spelling this week.

Hi everyone! We will be having a spelling test this Friday (our first one!). For the next month or so we'll be doing all the same words...we're not ready to do the individualized lists and buddy tests (neither is Mrs. Overman). Here's what we'll be tested on for Friday:

  1. are
  2. could
  3. first
  4. how
  5. many
  6. other
  7. there
  8. very
  9. use
  10. zoo
Soon we'll let you know more about individualized lists. :) Happy Monday!

How Writers Use Setting in Stories.

Sometimes, writers write about the settings of their stories--especially in chapter books--like J.K. Rowling does in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:

"He found what he was looking for in his inside pocket. It seemed to be a silver cigarette lighter. He flicked it open, help it up in the air, and clicked it. The nearest street lamp went out with a little pop. He clicked it again--the next lamp flickered into darkness. Twelve times he clicked the Put-Outer, until the only lights left on the whole street were two tiny pinpricks in the distance, which were the eyes of the cat watching him."

Sometimes, writers draw their settings (or take pictures of them), like Mo Willems in Knuffle Bunny:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sketching Clothing on Characters

Mya: When I Took My Dog On A Walk

When I Took My Dog On A Walk by Mya

It was in the morning and I wanted to take the dog on a walk and mom said ok we can so we did. We went past my old babysitter's house and we stopped to say hi.

Demi ran after us and we went inside to say hi to the kids.

Once we were done saying hi to the kids it started to rain and we went back home.

The End

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reading Takes Us Places!

Where did you go today during reading?

  • where there were ogres and goblins (Maddy)
  • into a haunted house with vampires, a monster dog, and zombies and bats and goblins (Gavin)
  • a haunted house with spiders and scary animals (Beau)
  • with Junie B. Jones when she lost her tooth (Kendra)
  • a place where a little girl saw a mummy (Elizabeth)
  • with Harry Potter and saw people (Avery)
  • with Fantastic Mr. Fox to his farm (Mark)
  • with some horses (Mya)

We Can Draw People In Our Stories.