Friday, September 26, 2014

Personal Narrative Writing Celebration!

Many thanks to our family and friends for coming to our first writing celebration! We are so thankful you came!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Illustrators show two sides of a space

Writers show two sides of a space, such as:
...above the ground and underground.
...outside a building and inside the windows.
...the side of a car and people in it.
...above and below the water. 
...standing inside a room looking out.

Friday, September 19, 2014

News for the week!

Good morning! Our Warrior Walk-a-Thon is in progress and we're having a BLAST! Meanwhile, here's what we've done this week:
  • We have worked on our personal narratives to prepare for our writing celebration next week (more info to come). We've been working on organizing our spreads and space on each page, making our words look right, and dressing our characters as well as including lots of details in our illustrations.
  • Did you know we have been going to med school this week? We're learning to help sick sentences (those without punctuation, correct capitals, correct spacing, etc.). This week our focus has been on a capital letter at the beginning and punctuation at the end. We are GREAT doctors!
  • Fact families are a main focus of our math this week. We can make FOUR (that's a lot!) facts using just THREE numbers! Ask us how!
  • We are continuing to study different tricks and tips for being better readers, like what certain letter combinations say and cross-checking information by asking ourselves if something looks and sounds right and makes sense.
  • In Power Up time, we've been playing lots of addition and pattern games with Mrs. Willaman's class.
Things to remember for next week:
  • Midterm ends Tuesday. You may not see grades for all subjects yet, but no worries. We are plodding away with them.
  • No spelling words yet. I just completed everyone's evaluation for everything (reading, writing, grammar, and language), so it's getting close!
  • We'll be having our first Writing Celebration in our classroom next Friday at 10:45 am. Come out to see some great writing and then maybe stay to have lunch with your student too!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Writers use the space in spreads wisely.

Writers balance background and spread space wisely. They don't clutter the space, and if they leave it blank or one color for a reason, like this:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We Draw Characters from Different Perspectives.










Surgeons' Notes. Please read.

We've taken care of some VERY sick "patients" (sentences) today. Look how good they look now!


We are learning about healthy sentences by pretending to be doctors. We've spent LOTS of time studying what healthy sentences look like so when we meet a sick one, we'll know right away. Here are some pictures of us in med school today.

Illustrating characters in different positions

Look what Abbie did! We are seeing two of her characters from behind, and her dad, friend, and herself from the side.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Sometimes writers use lots of background, like Chloe...

...and Mckena...

...and Ali.

Sometimes writers add SOME--but not a lot--of background, like Haylea T...

...and Chase...

...and Carter...

...and Alex...

...and Macey...

...and Addison...

...and Haylee.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Peek at Power Up Time

During Power Up time, some kids go to small reading LLI groups, while the rest of us stick around and play math and literacy games with Mrs. Willaman's class. Today we played True or False Scoot...we had to do algebra problems and decide if a number sentence was correct or not. We work together well and are doing well helping without cheating and telling answers!