Saturday, April 12, 2014

Biographies!



I can't believe I only have one more day of spring break! Boy do breaks fly by!!! 

Here are a few snapshots of my sunny, relaxing break. 





My mom and I took my grandma, Nan:-), to Vegas! Oh, she was totally adorable in the casinos! Actually, she was quite appalled by the "wild" behavior and outfits that she saw! My aunt also met us from California, which was wonderful. Overall, it was a nice, relaxing change of pace. But, here I am one day away from reality. And to make the week back after spring break even worse, we have conferences all week! 

But, I will remain positive!!!!! 
I'm excited for our families to see our biographies hanging outside our classroom when they come to conferences. We have been working on biographies for about a month now, and I am quite relieved and excited to start our new writing unit, fairy tales. But, the kids ended up doing a fabulous job on their biographies. I used this pack to guide my teaching and students in their writing. 
     To begin, the students brainstormed who they wanted to research. They then worked with their families to come up with three viable options to write their biography about. After returning those three people, I assigned names trying to give away first choice, which worked out fabulously. The kids were excited that they ALL got their first choice. 
     We then researched online, in books, and through short video clips and documented our information here. 
     After researching for quite some time, the students were ready to transfer their facts into paragraph form. We had to review the components of a paragraph, and of course, I turned to Moby and Annie for some help! We watched this Brain Pop video to review the components of a paragraph. 
To be completely honest, we watched this  video 3 or 4 times throughout the week to review how to begin and end our paragraphs. I sure hope they can tell me what a topic sentence is after watching this video so many times:-) We even came up with some WBT body movements to describe a topic sentence. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap pictures of my students' writing, but they used these graphic organizers to guide their writing. 



     After brainstorming, researching, and writing, we began to revise and edit! Differently than most of my writing units, this unit took a very LONG time, or at least it felt like it for me! I am very proud of my students for persevering and keeping their motivation flying high as they moved through the WHOLE writing process! After revising and editing, they published and were given time to draw a self portrait of their person! They were absolutely thrilled! Check some of these cuties out. I certainly could have some future artists in the making! 

Michael Jackson! 

Look at that, Obama! 
My favorite!! 




And lastly, we went on a gallery walk to ask questions and show our peers all of our hard work!
 






Happy Saturday Friends! 

Gabrielle 





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