Reading books and writing are the backbone of what I do in my classroom. What we are reading drives what we are writing. And we use the core in science and social studies to drive what we are reading about. I teach this way,in themes. All my mini lessons are taught under the CORE umbrella.
|What did YOU do on your SUMMER VACATION? We wrote about ours....|
|Then did some watermelon tissue paper art.|
I am always looking for a writing project/prompt for those days. The kids rarely, if ever, write about anything they want to, except on Monday and Friday, weekend news and journal days.
Although they do have choice within the theme to write the way they want to, I choose a topic and art to go with that topic, (usually linked to Science or Social Studies Core) and we go through the entire writing process from Tuesday through Thursday. Kids not done can finish Friday while others go to L.A. centers. I usually only have 1 or 2 not finished by Thursday at lunchtime.
|Our first bulletin board of the year......really cute!|
|This little guy did nothing but read books all summer! Woo Hoo!|
On Monday I have the kids write a journal called "The Weekend News". Link HERE for a complete explanation on that.
On Friday they write in a classroom/school journal all about what we learned and accomplished that week, and what the school events for the week were. I keep the "Weekend News" and use it as part of their writing portfolios at the end of the year. It ends up being about 1 1/2 inches thick because I add the weekly writing and art projects to their file each week.
|Owl reports...these owls turned out so pretty using scrapbook paper in the kids' choices.|
Here are a few that I have done throughout the year....both the writing and art is placed in the writing portfolio for the year.
|We did a lot of reading, then listed facts about owls, then we wrote sloppy copies.|
|Owl Reports in September with teacher edit, and rewrite, they were glad to get to do a cool art project after all that!|
|Owl Reports in September...with a cool bulletin board....|
|Spiders and Skeletons bullletin board...|
|Spider Reports in October|
|Pumpkin Word Problems in October|
|Fun integration of writing and math and art here....|
|Halloween scene from cut paper art....|
|I'd never tried these curled paper art or the spiderwebs (Martha Stewart's website) but they turned out super cute!|
In October we write about Chris Columbus, Our Halloween costumes or do a Halloween Mad Lib, Bat and Spider reports too. Some years we write The ABCs of Halloween or a story about a Friendly Witch or Ghost, or Spider and Pumpkin word problems!! As you can see above, I link art with the writing to motivate kids to finish their writing projects.
|I got the cute Football subway art from Pinterest of all places!!|
|Favorite Football Teams in November! Rah, Rah!! We graphed who we thought would win the Super Bowl as it got closer.....my team lost and I had to do 10 pushups! Go check it out HERE.|
|Favorite Football Teams, with jerseys and all the right colors too! I took their pictures for this activity.|
|Here is our finished bulletin board on Veterans Day 11-11-11|
|Christmas letters to parents|
|Karo Syrup and NEON food coloring glass window art card....|
|Christmas letters to parents....we do these for almost every holiday in proper friendly-letter format.|
|Cereal Box Fairy Tale puppet show....how to be a dragon, a princess, a fairy, a monster... etc.|
|These Cereal Box Fairy Tales turned out to be the highlight of writing workshop for the year. They had so much fun reading their stories to each other and doing the puppeteering too. I will do this again! Check it out HERE.|
|Covers for our pop up books in December.....We read lots of books on the animals of the ocean....as part of our Core unit on animals and their adaptations.|
|Ocean Animal Pop Up Books...kids choose 8 little animals to write facts about...2 on a page......super fun!|
I've almost got January through June finished and will blog about that next. So keep checking back!