Writing at the End of The War with Grandpa

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Synthesis Summary For our synthesis summary, we did the oral retell with our Turn and Talk partners. This really helped the students gather their ideas, think about the entire story, and prepare for the actual writing that was going to occur the next day. I had written the graphic organizer on the board, and also gave them the actual prewrite organizer …

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Using Charts to Help Comprehend Conflict

rsbsadmin 3.2 The War with Grandpa, Charts, Hilary Cullen Leave a Comment

Understanding Conflict Throughout Sarah’s units of study the discussion about conflict arises. I have realized the importance in the knowledge of what conflict is and different ways it can be solved. In my classroom mid-way through War with Grandpa, I will do an activity with my students using a word continuum for the word conflict. We will use register tape …

Castle in the Attic with Janet Erickson

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Castle in the Attic My students are really into Castle in the Attic!  We have almost reached the end of the second quadrant, so they have a good understanding of the characters and the problem that is developing.  Imagine a giant GASP! when I read: He could make her small and keep her.  Of course, he could.  With the token. …

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Using Poppy to Grow as Readers and Writers

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, Sarah Linington, Vocabulary Leave a Comment

The Dark Emperor Poppy allowed us to jump off into other aspects of the Reader’s Workshop: word choice, fluency, partner reading with purpose, and much more. In the time between finishing Poppy and winter break, we have been gleefully exploring the poetry collection Dark Emperor as our primary text (as suggested by Sarah Collinge at the last class I attended.) …

Fluency with Holes

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Recently, I was in a meeting with teachers from different grade levels and the Executive Director of Assessment and Student Learning. We were looking at my school’s 5th grade level reading assessments both from the state and district. We are working on coming up with ways to look at data and find ways to make a goal, plan, and a …

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Supplementing Poppy with the Dark Emperor

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, Additional Activities, Sarah Linington Leave a Comment

On the day of our Read-In, one student brought in a Poppy mouse she made with a rock by drawing on the face and tail and gluing pom-pom ears. Another student brought in an offering of acorns. We all got comfortable in our small gathering area and commenced to read. The students gasped. They cheered. Some reprimanded others for laughing …

Book Club with Janet Erickson

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Starting the Book Clubs The Book Clubs are so much fun.  Every student is reading, talking about their book, or writing about it for the entire Book Club time.  It’s such a great use of reading time – no one is waiting!  I have three groups.  In the below-grade-level group there are six kids reading Shoeshine Girl, and in the …

Vocab Handbooks

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Vocabulary Leave a Comment

One part of the CIA program that I really enjoy is the vocabulary handbooks.  This is a great way to teach new vocab words to students.  By introducing them to a word before they hear/read it in the text it really helps students with their comprehension.  This allows them to identify these words and how they are used in context …

Partner Turn and Talk – Heidi Finley

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As I work through the year with my students my Turn and Talk procedure evolves. In September I partner my students with who I think they could work well with. This allows me time to do assessments to find out what their reading abilities are. While reading the book Earthquake Terror I focus on using the Turn and Talk stems. …

Vocabulary Handbook

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Lynn Boze, Vocabulary Leave a Comment

At the end of each CIA unit of study are the pages of the Vocabulary Handbook.  I make sure that the handbook is copied for each student and hole-punched so they can keep it in their binders.  I have written all the vocabulary words on sentence strips.  Each day I post it in the pocket chart above the turn and …

Castle in the Attic CIA

rsbsadmin 4.2 The Castle in the Attic, C.I.A. Approach, Ryan Painter Leave a Comment

Beginning Castle in the Attic As a grade level we have to rotate CIA units so this year I started off with Castle in the Attic.  This is the first time I am teaching this unit and my class is super excited to read it!  The first couple weeks of the year I tried to mention CIA knowing that my …

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Turn and Talk – Hilary Cullen

rsbsadmin 3rd Grade, Hilary Cullen, Turn and Talk Leave a Comment

Sentence Stems The use of stems in my classroom has completely changed the way I look at student discourse. Before the use of stems I would always expect my students to turn and talk in the fashion of think-pair-share. Then I realized I kept getting frustrated because the students were not sharing their thinking the way I was expecting them …

Writing – Finishing Poppy

rsbsadmin 3.1 Poppy, C.I.A. Approach, Dawn Smith, Writing Leave a Comment

Poppy is Over  🙁 Every single student in my classroom can now say that they have read a chapter book as we have finished reading Poppy. I’m not sure who is more bummed out, me or my students. I really enjoy all parts and days of CIA, but the Read In is probably one of my favorite days. For our …

Classroom Turn and Talk

rsbsadmin 4th Grade, Ryan Painter, Turn and Talk Leave a Comment

We just finished our first quadrant of Castles in the Attic and one of the most important parts in the first quadrant is setting up your routines for Turn and Talks.  You need to have this system set in place and agreed upon by your students.  As you know the beginning of the book has a lot of modeling and …

Building a Castle

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I had this great idea of having my students each build a castle of their own out of cardboard.  This first time idea of mine turned into a three week project that took up every extra inch of spare room in my class and I ran out of cardboard twice!  So it did take longer than I had planned, but …

Student Writing and Projects with Shiloh

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Shiloh Writing Two very exciting things have happened recently in our reading of Shiloh.  First, we reached the end of the first quadrant, so the students had their first opportunity to respond in writing individually, using the writing frame.  To make this a little more accessible to my students, who have very little prior experience with this type of writing, I …