Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum!

This week we started our Kevin Henkes author study.  Our comprehension focus is character traits and comparing characters, so his books are *absolutely perfect* {see what I did there ;)} for that!  Yesterday we read the book for the first time, and compared ourselves to Chrysanthemum using a Venn Diagram from this unit.  We also finished the writing stem "Chrysanthemum felt____ because____"

Today we re-read the book, and focused on Chrysanthemum's character traits.  After re-reading, we made this quick bubble map... don't you just love my sloppy handwriting and dirty easel??!!  #justkeepinitreal #everythingaintalwaysprettyinroom43
Then, we used Michelle's unit to make our little character trait flowers.  My kids LOVE making things, which is good because I LOVE construction paper ;)
I really like how they had to support the character trait they chose with proof from the book.  This wasn't easy for all of my students, so it was good practice!
After my students brainstormed words I realized they would be great character traits to hang up in the room for my students to use throughout the next couple of weeks, so I rewrote everything on sentence strips and stapled it all up {during lunch because who needs to eat for 30 WHOLE minutes ;)}!
And I surrounded our new bubble map with our character trait flowers!  Now my kiddos have a whole bank of words to use when writing :) and they are meaningful because they thought of the words as a class!
And, that's a wrap!  We move onto Chester's Way and Wemberly Worried over the next couple of days :)  All of the activities I'm doing on Thursday and Friday come from Hollie's unit!

I'm off to skate with Joelle... wish me luck ;)

2 comments:

Tammy Ferrell said...

This looks great! We are doing a Henkes unit too! I'm definitely going to check these packets out! .....you should see my handwriting on certain days.....kinda scarey;)

Tammy

Emily said...

Love this activity and this book!! We're starting characters soon too, so I'm definitely going to be checking those out! Thanks for sharing :o)
Emily
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