April 22

Class Poet

The children really enjoyed our poetry unit and I am finding poems in their journals.  These poems are by Laken.


Blank pages
Waiting to be filled
With wonderful poems

Muscles at work-
Flying, spinning,
Heart beating.
Then smack,
Off the track!

March 6

The Perfect Snow Day!

We recently completed a project that we took through the writing process- prewriting, rough draft, revise and edit, final draft, and publish.  Our final drafts are displayed in the hall and we have received many compliments!

Prewriting:  We read There’s No Day Like a Snow Day, and listed activities you could do if it snowed.  We experienced real snow days too!

We wrote our rough drafts using a sticky note graphic organizer.  This system allowed us to easily rearrange our sentences during the revising process.  I  instructed the children to write a paragraph with a main idea, supporting details, and a closing sentence.  Then we listed ways we could make our writing more interesting- varying sentence length, beginning sentences in a variety of ways, including figurative language (alliteration, similes, or onomatopoeia), descriptive words and greater detail.  One of my goals was for them to use transition words- first, next, later, afterwards, finally, etc.


Then I met individually with each child to help them revise (clarity, language, and sequence) and edit (punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) his/her rough draft. We copied our rough drafts in paragraph form.  We are learning to indent the beginning of a paragraph.

Finally, each child made a snow setting and glued a picture of him/her into it. I took these pictures during our blizzard dress down day.

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This was a lot of work, but the final products and the skills the children mastered made it well worth the effort!

March 4

Read Across America


March 3 was Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss:

  • Dr Seuss’ real name is Theodore Geisel.
  • His middle name was Seuss and he added the Dr. to his name.
  • Dr. Seuss lived from 1904-1991.
  • Before he was a children’s book author and illustrator, he was a cartoonist and created advertisements for Standard Oil.
  • Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected 27 times before it was published.
  • He wrote more than 44 children’s books.

Go to Seusville for games, videos, and other fun activities.

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February 12

Little Red Pen

I read one of my favorite stories to the children.  It is filled with literary devices:  onomatopoeia, personification, hyperboles, and alliteration.  Lots of allusions to folktales, such as The Little Red Hen, and plenty of puns too.

The following is the book trailer:

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