Sunday, September 30, 2012

We are Authors and Illustrators

During our Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing books! We are all authors and illustrators! Check out some of these EXCELLENT writers at work!

Our class' collection of publishings!

Mia, hard at work, illustrating one of her pages in her book!

Mia's wonderful book about the Jungle!

Aiden's awesome book about Sharks!

Cindy's outstanding journal entry about our class!

Anthony sharing one of his many publishings with the rest of the class!

We have a class full of wonderful writers! I love seeing our self-published library continue to GROW!

Friend Venn Diagrams

This is such a cute way to teach venn diagrams! After pairing up, the students did an interview process with each other to determine what they had in common and what their differences were. They came up with some fabulous stuff! After writing their draft and editing, they put it into a venn diagram with their faces! Each face had their own unique things, and in the middle they put their similarities. They turned out so CUTE, plus they understand venn diagrams now! 

Guess WHO

Before Open House, The students made self-portraits that had a few details about themselves at the top! They were so cute, I just had to post some to share! The parents looked at the picture and looked at the description and had to guess which picture was their child’s. I saw a similar idea from a great teacher, Miss Stacye Foster, so I cannot take all the credit! Regardless, the students really enjoyed this activity and loved sharing it with their parents at Open House! 

Best in Show PAWS

Not only are we working for CLASS PAWS, but also now each student can be recognized for outstanding behavior. Unfortunately I cannot nominate my own kiddos, or all of them would be OUTSTANDING!  They have to be recognized by another member of our staff! These are called “Best in Show PAWS” and they can receive them by: being noticed doing a nice deed to help someone out, following our PAW expectations in the hall (alone), being a good helper or friend, having great behavior in the cafeteria, etc. The only thing, is someone else has to nominate them other than myself. They get a small paw with their name on it, who it was from, and the reason for why they received it and then get to put it in the 1st grade Envelope in the main hallway. The “Best in Show” get recognized over the Morning Announcements, which is super exciting, and on the last Friday of every month we have a small award ceremony where they get recognized! We had three friends receive “Best in Show PAWS” for this first month! And one of our friends, Miss Chaddeisty, got 2, which was a really big deal! Way to go Chaddeisty, Santiago, and Julissa! They all got to pick special prizes from Mrs. Scanlan and Mrs. Hagan! All were well deserved! Everyone has been working very hard! Keep up the good work! It is always the BEST thing, to do the RIGHT thing, even when no one is looking!

WAY TO GO Chaddeisty, Santiago, and Julissa!


The students were so excited for our cookie party and asked for me to share pictures on the blog, so I promised I would! Last Friday we had a small celebration (a.k.a. COOKIE PARTY) for getting another jar full of marbles. Like I have posted before, this is a positive reinforcement reward system for the whole class. They have to work TOGETHER to receive a handful of marbles to try and fill our mason jar.  They work so hard for this, so of course we "party" when we get it! Here are some goofy pictures of the kiddos enjoying their cookies!