Apples, Pumpkins, & Dinorella

Hiya friends,

I know...I know...I'm a bad blogger. I've been soooo busy. Three days of jury duty, preparing for a birthday, plus everything that comes with having four children like jazz, gymastics, preparing for a driving test, laundry, laundry, more laundry...

But, at last,  here is a quick review of what we've been up to the past few weeks:

We learned all about making connections. Below is a description of how we made text-to-text connections:

We read multiple versions of Cinderella and added the connections we made to our anchor chart. I like writing the name of the student who made each connection on our chart because a) it makes them feel special, b) during review the next day I can identify who made the connection, c) I have documentation of some of the connections the students made, d) I can add the pic to my teacher web site and parents can see what their children came up with during class.  One of the kiddos' faves this particular week was Dinorella, so at the end of the week we did a little guided craftivity. We made Dinorella and wrote about a connection we made between Dinorella and Cinderella.

Our anchor chart (I can't make it rotate!)

My example of the Dinorella craftivity

Student work

Student work
 After we had learned about making text-to-text connections we worked on text-to-world connections. We activated our apple schema, revised our schema, and added new schema all week long.  We discussed how schema are like files in a filing cabinet, information we store away until we need it again, which is why there is a file folder on our anchor chart.

Our anchor chart
Student work
Student work
We had to do a little taste testing too!

Let me toss in a little science review too. The kiddos loved our pumpkin investigation. Their absolute favorite part was getting their hands all slimy while counting the pumpkin seeds!

Pumpkin investigation
Last week was bat week and this week is spider week. We are learning that good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. I'll try to post a summary and some pics soon :-)

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