Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ghostly Greetings!

We're exactly one week away from Halloween. With the halloween spirit in mind, I have been trying to keep my kiddos engaged while practicing skills  in our classroom. We just finished drafting and revising/editing our personal narratives. Our Lucy Calkins' unit stressed so many amazing teaching points. One of these teaching points was the idea that students should be showing their story to their readers versus simply telling. We worked very hard to come up with examples to show versus tell. We even picked apart and revised our own personal narratives to change telling sentences to showing sentences. With these efforts, students were using much more dialogue. As wonderful as it was to see their stories come to life, I was quickly noticing that many of my students were having issues with the punctuation that comes along with dialogue in their writing. Our Calkins' unit did teach this punctuation, but we simply needed more practice! I went on a hunt to find an engaging activity that stressed dialogue practice in a festive way!

Then, I found this!! I was sure to mention to my students that each ghost had to be appropriate. Nothing violent was allowed. Check out this amazing post from Halle at Across the Hall in 2nd. I found it to be perfect for my third graders, and we jumped right in! Here is what my students created!

 This one is simply adorable! The students certainly revealed their creativity, while practicing using commas, punctuation, and quotation marks  properly with dialogue!

Happy October friends!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Currently

I am linking up with to share my October currently. I truthfully cannot believe September is already over. Yesterday marked the end of our fourth week together in third grade. We have accomplished so much, and I am excited to see where this year takes us!

Listening- I have to admit it! I cracked and lit our first fire this morning in our house. It has been so much colder than usual, and I needed the warmth! I can't say I'm sad I did it. One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to wake up without any alarm, drink my warm cup of coffee looking at our mantle and fireplace! It relaxes me, and I can't wait to do it again tomorrow morning!

Loving: I am obsessed with fall right now. We always have a fall candle burning, anything from caramel apple to pumpkin to vanilla. I also have been drinking a ton of cider, especially all warmed up in a beauteous mug. It sure can set the mood for the day OR spruce up a day!

Thinking: Well, I was just reading Kayla Delzer's article about creating a classroom learning space that is student focused rather than teacher centered. I am inspired to try out a few things. I am just thinking and wondering how I can do these things on a budget. If you have any suggestions, let me know:-)

Wanting: Yes, I am about to get up and make myself another cup of warm coffee on this delightful fall morning. Hey, I might even add a splash of the pumpkin creamer that the hubs bought!

Needing: I have been really wrapped up in school with creating projects, grading papers, making power points, and I really NEED and WANT some more quality time with my main man at home and with my parents. Come 6 pm tonight, we will be ready to watch our Wolverines beat Maryland!!

Boo-tiful- I am just blown away by my kiddos this year! They take their learning seriously, and I am impressed by them more each and every day. This week, we did a two day lesson that focused on the scientific method, problem solving skills, and most importantly, team work. My kids were STUNNING! They collaborated, brainstormed, and came up with very creative solutions! It makes me so excited to continue this journey together throughout our school year!

Here a few snapshots of my third graders in collaboration mode!

Happy Fall!