Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Storybook - Web-Based Writing


This year our grade level has been working hard to utilize the Chrome books we were given.  This has been a BIG change seeing as we did have tablets the pervious year.  I wanted to share one of the recent web-based sites that I found easy to use and engaging for my students. 
       We have spent the past 4 weeks working on fictional/narrative story writing.  This is always a tricky one for my kiddos because they want to write about something that happened to them (small moments).  After practicing our writing using paper and pencil they got to choose the story they liked the most to publish.  This is nothing new because we have done it in the past, but this time they got to create it using this awesome site My Storybook. 


       My Storybook was probably one of the easiest sites to use for a seven year old! They add there images and backgrounds from various pictures already on the site, type their words, and add pages, and best of all it’s FREE!  Check out one of my kiddos finished stories.  We have not edited these all yet, but you get the idea. Just click the title page to view the story. 
Do you have a good go-to website for writing? If so, please share.  The whole Chrome Book vs Apps is hard for me.  I would love ideas of what you use and love!
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Non-Fiction and Fiction Fun!


This past week we really hit fiction and nonfiction text hard.  We have learned about the difference between the two for most of the year, but we really needed to dig a little deeper.  I introduced the week with two texts on the same topic but obviously lots of differences.  I chose to use a snow nonfiction book and the award winning picture book SNOW.  The kids really enjoyed the read-alouds and coming up with some big difference between to two. 


The following day I wanted have the kids complete a book sort together at the carpet using an ActivInspire Flipchart I created.  We reviewed what we remembered about the difference between fiction and nonfiction and then practiced sorting books as a whole group using the flipchart. 


 The kids did great and were ready to try on their own.  I had them complete the same activity with their book orders.  The kids loved this because they love book orders, it actually meant something to them (not a worksheet), and they got the choice of what books they wanted to use.  It was a hit and a great way for be to check of learning target mastery. 





For day three I really wanted them to do some cooperative group work, so I set them off on a nonfiction scavenger hunt using a variety of bog books I had.  I can not take credit for this cute scavenger hunt page.  I snagged it from wholewheatclass.blogspot.com.  





We finished out our week on fiction and nonfiction with book discussions over of independent reading selections and talking about what made them nonfiction and fiction.  I created a write about it assessment to use as a learning target check for their binders.  You can grab yours in the document download below.  If you would like the flip chart I created please email me at blackmonl@jr7.k12.mo.us. 




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Retell Boxes, Technology, and a FREEBIE!


Things have been a bit crazy between my master’s classes, holiday festivities, and trying to keep you with being a great mom and wife.  One of my final projects in my comprehension class was to take an activity from our text and use it within my thematic unit.  I chose to use retell boxes because that is one of our learning targets for the week.  It went over really well and we even got to add a little technology into the mix. 
       I introduced the lesson with the book Trouble With Money.  This fit perfect with our community theme for the week: Consumers, Producers, Needs and Wants.  The kids had to focus on the 4 key components of a good retell: who, where, what happened, how it ends.  We completed an oversized organizer on an anchor chart as a whole group and I had my students come up and complete the sketches to match our thoughts.  It went pretty good and we were ready to start adding it into our readers within our guided groups. 



After our whole group lesson my guided groups practiced this skill with their readers for the week.  My highest readers were ready to advance so we used the Book Creator App to make retell books using books from RAZ kids that were on their level.  My kids loved this!  The others that weren’t quite ready practiced with their organizers and will hopefully be ready to produce their retell book later this week. 



Our main focus was drawing the pictures as a guide for our verbal retell. 

Click the book below to view my first groups Book Creator Retell.
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I am going to be doing 12 days of Christmas giveaway for the month of December and my first one is available below.  Just click the picture to take you to the Google doc.  This is a Christmas theme activity that focuses on these tricky buddy vowels.  Have kids read the word on the ornaments and decorate their trees.

Happy Teaching....Christmas break will be here before you know it!!


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