Monday, March 30, 2015

Finisher Fishbowl!

Have you heard about the finisher fishbowl?  We have writing buddies that help us look for tings to edit and revise anytime we "finish" a book.  The buddies job is to encourage the author with positive things they noticed and then ask questions about things that they don't understand.  Students move to the fishbowl with their partner independently during writing time.  The video is too large to load through blogger - please let me know if you have problems with cutting and pasting the address in the address bar!

I was able to catch a great example of writing buddies working together!  Thanks for sharing Megan and Camey.  Be sure to ask about your student's writing buddy.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pushing the limit!

I usually always post the incredible things we are doing at school. Today, I'm breaking away to share a personal note. Jack and I were blessed to have the last week with our kids for a fun week of skiing. 

On the last day, our oldest, Josh talked Jack and me into riding to the very top (trees stopped growing up there) and ski down.   A little note about my skiing, I'm confident and good on skis. but not GREAT.  Nor am I a risk taker!  

It was an incredible thrill. As I got back where trees were growing, I thought about the kids in my class and the risk they take everyday.  For some, sharing their writing, raising their hand to answer a question, or trying a new strategy!  Confidence comes from trying!

Oh, and the last picture... My favorite!  Even little Walker tried something new...sledding!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

More Puppet Shows!

We are all about performing!
Aden, Smith and Elliott present Fly Walk!

Attack in the Woods by Dane, Meagan, and Bianca

Ocean Attack by Ben and Yuuki

Bringing Texas to Life A to Z

I am so proud of the kids hard work.  The link below will lead you to video of the program!  Thank you again for your help and support!

Y'all come now...YOU HEAR!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Texas Poetry All Around!

We are becoming wonderful poets!

Check out these great Poems all about Texas!  More published work outside our door!

FUN run, MUD run, we all run!

Wow!  What a run!  A little mud didn't stop  the fun!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fairy Tales Come to Life

We have spent some independent work time writing fairy tales and turning them into puppet shows.  Today was day 1 of performing.  Be sure to check back for more masterpieces!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The BIG Art Day

Today is the BIG ART DAY - where we celebrate art all over the world!  In our class we made a Texas mosaic.  Be sure to check it out after our Texas Play!  We used colored pencils to each draw a square of the picture.  After all the squares were put together, the picture came back to life!