Saturday, September 29, 2012

We're Authors!!!

We did it!!! We made it through Lucy Caulkin's Launching Unit - can I get a hallelujah!!!!! We've set up our writer's workshop, established procedures, and we're all on the way to becoming fabulous authors! 
The kids learned all about revising when they picked out their best piece and fixed it up by adding more details and labels to the pictures and adding more words to make their meaning more clear. Then it was time to publish! If you're interested in the Writing Clip Chart, click HERE
On Friday we had our author's celebration and shared our fixed-up pieces with our classmates. They were so proud to share their pieces! I don't have pictures of all the kids (I teach writing to two classes and therefore have 36 writing students) but here's just a few sharing their awesome work! To present their work to the class the kids got to sit in my "big chair" as they call it, which they absolutely loved! 

It was a blast and the kids did such a great job being a respectful audience for their peers! 

We've been learning all about apples using my Johnny Appleseed mini-unit and I'll be posting about that sometime next week when we finish it up. 

I'm also already looking ahead to Columbus Day, I have a brand new Columbus Day mini-unit aligned to the Common Core: 

We've also finished up our Third Grade Common Core Checklist, so if you know a second grade teacher in need of that, send them our way! Fourth and Fifth grade will be up soon!

AND, I'm done with all my Reading Running Records, FLKRS and ECHOS! Can I get a holla from my Florida friends?? What a relief!!!


  1. Congrats on completing your testing! I only have ONE more student to test for FAIR and ECHOS as he was absent on Friday :( - figures...
    Kindergarten testing is certainly an interesting adventure!

  2. How many children do you have in your class? That's a whole lot of closepins!

    But your kiddos are adorable sharing their work! They look so proud!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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