Happy, almost, hump day!
Tonight is the night that I *force* myself to get into a
regular blogging schedule, again.
I don't know about all of you, but the last few weeks have been
jammed packed with SATS, staff meetings, report cards, nonstop days,
appointments, family time, dog appointments, on and on and on.
I may have just ignored a phone call from my mom
to get this blog post finished.
Let's do a little apple wrap up so I can delete the pictures off my phone:)
Of course we had to make caramel apples.
Once I busted out the sprinkles, it was down hill from there!
I kept hearing lots of, "You should be a cook! You are amazing!"
ummm...lets be honest here, I rarely cook.
I could live off of a few things on a daily basis.
Thankfully I have a room-mate aka sister who enjoys cooking.
We use four squares to organize a lot of our writing.
For this lesson, I decided to make it larger than normal
and pull my kids to the carpet.
I always do most of this as a think aloud with
very minimum help from students.
Why? Check out Routman's Writing Essentials!
I make sure to make mistakes and go back and fix them out loud.
At the very end, I have everyone read it together.
Little lights will flicker in those big eyes
and they will chime in with a few other things we should "fix."
We then transferred our four square over to our "big" paper!
I discuss how we should always reread
our four square as we are copying it over
to add more detail or change things that are not working!
Fixing "errors" is one of my favorite things to do with students.
I WANT them to find things I do wrong.
I encourage it, even if it is something I didn't really mean to do!
And yes, even this OCD teacher hangs interactive writing charts with "mistakes" fixed!
Apple craft was made with diecuts from my work room, googly eyes, stick,
& students drew on the caramel!
We used the same setup to write about how to make applesauce.
We did do a foursquare before hand, but I slacked on the picture!
I have to say, it feels GOOD to finally get this out!
If you are getting ready for pumpkins in your classroom,
I spent a good deal of time updating my All About Pumpkins unit!
Here is a preview.
A place mat used with larger cards for a whole group life cycle craft/retelling prompt!
This style of the pumpkin craft is STILL available in the update, also!
Now, time to get the landline phone..yes...I have one of those
and call my mom back before my sister catches on that I didn't answer:)