Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brown Bag Book Club: main Idea focus

We just finished reading: 

and have been revisiting Main idea and details
After some blog stalking for follow up activities I came across the Brown Bag Book Club from 
thefirstgradeparade and knew I had my activity.
I passed out brown bags to my students which had a set of cards inside. The cards had details and the main idea from the story on them.  Students then got into partner pairs to discuss and figure out which card contained the main idea and which cards held the details.  Using the book for support, they did a fabulous job in their groups reasoning through why certain cards were just details and not the "big picture". 
They then glued their cards in the correct places on their bag and decorated their bags with visual representations.  While decorating they had to also discuss parts of the book they liked, how they felt when reading the book, etc to tie in the whole "book club" feel. 
They loved it.
getting the groups set up
 our completed bags

another added bonus of the brown bag book clubs is that while discussing the books you can fill the bags with popcorn.
This idea can obviously focus on various comprehension strategies and I plan using it again in the future. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Martin Luther King JR shout out

For our TDR recently to focus on non-fiction text elements as well as bring in some Black History we read the following

After we read through each chapter students summarized 4-5 important facts they learned about M.L in their reading notebooks.  
Once we finished the book the students then typed their facts into their student blogs via
which by the way is a fantastic blogging host for your students to have their own blogs. Probably my favorite. 

Please click the links below to experience the events and facts our class felt were important. PS: we love comments. It helps fill our buckets as well:)

For another follow up assignment I had students select 4 events from M.L's life.
then we headed over to 

and the students created their own event timeline via comic. They loved it.
Here are the links to some of the completed timelines
Timeline 1
Timeline 2
Timeline 4

We love Martin Luther King Jr and are grateful for the steps he took to bring change

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Don't give up on us.

I promise we are all alive and breathing and soaring through our school year. 

I have slacked on my teacher blogging posts and upkeeps and I do apologize to anyone who has been wondering why so quiet over there in the Hawk's nest?

I did update my layout since clearly it's no longer Christmas and I think that's a good start.

Stay tuned for updates, photos, and a better blogging Hawk.

don't give up on us.