Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Peek at my Week! (Writing Freebie!)

I can't believe Fall Break has come to an end.  We get two whole weeks and its just felt like a weekend to me...  Oh well.  I'm a little excited to be back on my normal schedule!  Anyone else feel out of whack when they're on break?  Not that I like getting up early, but I like having a schedule.  That's probably the CDO in me..  get it?  ;)  OCD!!  Anyways..

I think it took me about twice as long to plan this week just because I wasn't in my 'groove'.  Here's what's in my plan book:

Reading:
     Main Topic:  Genres - an overview
     Language:  Plural Nouns
     Review:  Proper Nouns, Story Elements, Fact and Opinion
     Test Prep...yes, I start this early!

Math:
     Subtraction w/ borrowing (large numbers)

Writing:
     Writing with Voice (mini lessons)

(I just realized blogger doesn't have an insert table function..  so sad!)

So Voice is one of my favorite things to teach in writing.  And the reason is...this lesson!  HATS!  Yes, Hats!  Take a look! (Click on any photo to download the lesson plan).  



So I WISH I had a photo of all of the hats I have for this lesson.  I'm always searching the Dollar Tree for more.  This is SUCH a fun lesson to really show how a character's voice changes the engagement of a piece of writing.  I'll make sure to take more pics for you when we do it this week.  I'm shocked I don't have pictures from years past!  If you try it, let me know how it goes!

So Genres is always something I <3 to teach.  And yes, I do teach about them all at once.  I've had argument and argument about this, but I stand by my decision.  I feel like the students need to be exposed to the vocabulary and then throughout the year, expand upon it as they read and read and read.  But who am I to say that's the 'right' way?  Any-who..  I created this fun little spinner activity to help my students identify the genre of a story based upon it's characteristics.  





Students have 3 different spinner to choose from (15 genres in all).  They spin, read the spinner and then decide the genre.  Super easy but yet fun!  (My kids LOVE spinners..)  I just like how all of the genres are included and I can use one spinner to focus on just five genres, or all three to focus on them all.  :)  Again, more pics to come!

Ok, so funny story (I'm almost done, I promise).  A few weeks ago, my kids were doing my resource rumble 4 corner game.  When it was over, they asked - "Ok Mrs. Harris, what 4 corner game will we play next?"  So.. apparently I'm becoming known for these in my room!  They love them!  Alas - the Plural Prance!





Just like the others - students move to the corner of the room that matches their answer.  I've heard from other teachers who have purchased my other 4 corner games that they even play music while the kids are 'moving' around the room to their answer.  I'm going to try that this week!  I love the colors of this one :)  If you wanna take a look - just click on the photos above!  I hope you like it!

This post is already long, so I'll post about my test prep activity tomorrow.  :)  Thanks to those who read all the way to the end.  You make me smile!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!  I'd love to hear from ya!  



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