Don't y'all just love Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher? Her blog is one of my favorites to read, plus she is also a Real Housewives fanatic, so I can get my weekly dose of reality TV talk in by reading her blog!
Anyways, to the point of why I'm blogging about Kristin. A couple of weeks ago she blogged about a writing project that her students completed. When I saw her cute little craft, I knew I HAD to incorporate it as soon as possible! I mean, if you are familiar with my blog, you should know that I LOVE a good craftivity!
On Monday we started our week long journey with this writing activity.
(For my little sick guy, I copied Cara's Alliteration poster!)
First, we brainstormed a time that we have been sick. My students made a little bubble map in their journals to start their process. I love how this cutie made her bubble map into a sick person. The next day, we put all of our ideas together on the chart shown above!
Here's how our writing process went for the week:
Monday: Brainstormed with a bubble map
Tuesday: Charted our ideas and wrote 2 parts (What they were sick with, and how they felt)
Wednesday: Re-read what we had written so far, began writing the last two parts (What happened because they were sick, and how they got better)
Thursday: Finished rough drafts, began revising/editing
Friday: Finished final drafts and made little sick people when writing was completed!
Here's how ours turned out:
I hung my homeroom's writing activities on their lockers, and we put the other group's on the door.
In reading groups, we have been really working on fluency through poems and reader's theatre. So, we charted what a fluent reader looks like. Just a little FYI- most of my charts do not look like this. I only spend time on charts that I can use year after year. I make sure to laminate, so that we can use Expo markers when writing on them.
Also, I've had a lot of questions about how I get so many crafts into my lessons. Don't forget that I am only showing you a small portion of what I am doing in class. I have my fair share of not-so-cute activities that we do throughout the day. So, I'm not Wonder Woman who can fit everything into my day... although I do realize how disappointing this is to you, ha!
Plus, I teach dual-language which is a VERY fast moving program. My kids have learned to work at the speed of light because I only have them for half a day. I only teach Language Arts and Math, so I try to fit in a little bit of everything in those subjects each day. It is also a requirement that my students work in partners (1 English student and 1 Spanish student) for most of their assignments. So, there's twice the hands cutting and glueing!
And, I'm a sucker for anything cutesy. I find the time to make it work, ha!