January 30, 2016

It's been a looooooong time....

The other day, I was making lesson plans with my friend Christine and was trying to remember some activity that I did a few years ago. And, I pulled up my blog and scrolled around until I found it. Then, I started feeling sad that I haven't blogged about this school year at all. Like, none. And it made me kind of sad because I really do love having a place to look back on things that I did. And, while I love Instagram, I can usually only post one picture when I really just want to post then all. 

So, I'm about to do a giant iPhone dump and post all the fun stuff we've been doing this year. I'm probably not gonna say too much about any of it because that would take forever, but if you see something and want to ask about it, I'm happy to answer your questions. (Like anyone even reads this blog anymore, ha.) 

Here we go...

Measurement fun at the beginning of the year...

Personal narratives...

Student led classroom this year! This means they do all the work! 



Tennessee posters...

Season writing...


Extreme weather mobiles...

Giving each other feedback...

Learning to tell time with a giant class schedule...

Writing stoplight paragraphs together on the carpet...

We made quilts about the Southeast...


The kids led their own parent-teacher conferences...

We wrote about the Great Blizzard of 1979 in Buffalo, New York...

Thanksgiving projects...

We made brochures about the western United States...

Our hopes and dreams for the new year...

Looooots of shared writing...

We researched platypuses and then practiced main idea/details with the information we learned...

More shared writing, this time about opinions...


Sequencing events...


And, Friday, we used our author's voice to share our opinions about our field trip to see the play Cinderella! 


 
This last picture? Well, it's my favorite. This kid couldn't write a sentence at the begging of the year...


He may have misspelled almost every other word and there may not be periods where they belong, but he told a story that makes a sense! He gave great details! I honestly pretty much cried. 

Anyways, that's what we've been up to this year. Obviously not all of it, but the highlights. I'll come back some day soon and share more about the student-led classroom thing. It's pretty amazing!! 

Thanks for reading! 



4 comments:

Theresa said...

Thank you for sharing! I always love all of your ideas. How do you structure your shared writing activities? Would love to know more!

And congrats on Teacher of the Year! :)

Lindsay said...

Thank you! How'd you hear about that?? Ha. As far as the shared writing, we come up with ideas together and I let them do the actual writing. And, they jump in and correct each other when they make mistakes. We use torn post-it's to make corrections. I usually just sit in the chair or on the carpet with them and help lead the discussion, but they come up with the actual ideas and the one who comes up with the sentence usually steps up and writes it. It's kind of hard to explain, does that help at all??

Sheryl said...

Lindsay, Can i ask what resources you use for your sequencing event lessons. I love how they are learning about everyday things that they really never think about. Milk to Ice Cream :) and Oranges to Orange Juice= WONDERFUL!

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