Friday, May 3, 2013

Five for Friday!

1. Since the common core came into existence and our new district assessment for ELA is based on informational writing, I wrote a unit on Woodland Animals and began adding more informational writing into my writers workshop time. Here's a peek at what that looks like in my room! I am so, so happy with their work!
If you're interested in this unit, it's available here :)

Using the "Jot" iPad app for labeling and diagrams. If you haven't tried this app, it is awesome! Especially for K-1 :)

Some first grade informational writing about moose!
Can/Have/Are and labeling/diagrams

My anchor chart- this is our district determined anchor chart that we use for our informational writing assessment.

The texts I use for this unit.

 This is by far my favorite activity to use when teaching students about inferences. I got it from Abby at the Inspired Apple last year. Love! Click the link to grab yours! The stuff the kids have to say is so funny - if you haven't done this activity, do it for a laugh!

We are installing a stone patio AND residing our house all at the same time right now. Can you say crazy?! 

4. Can we discuss the fact that we are going to the zoo next Friday to see a birds of prey show? I am TERRIFIED of birds. TERRIFIED. I googled the show to see what it's all about and found photos. OMG. Well kids, Mrs. G.'s just gonna step out for a few... 

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  1. What an awesome way to use that App! Thanks for sharing! Happy, Happy Friday!

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. It's so fun for the kids :) they love it!

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  3. Sorry about my budduh-finguhs!
    I'm soooo downloading that app! Thanks for sharing! :) Lisa

  4. Enjoyed reading your post--just found your blog through the Five for Friday! I am a new follower! :0)

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

    1. How cute is your blog?! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. We are working on information texts right now too, so these are great suggestions! Love the anchor chart! Your blog is adorable as well! Looking forward to sharing ideas!

    The Second Grade Superkids