Monday, August 29, 2011

And Week 2 Begins...

Today we read one of my favorite books, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.  This is the story of a little mouse who gets picked on because of her name.  She thought her name was perfect, until she started school.  On the day they have music, they find out that their teacher's name is Delphinium.  Suddenly Chrysanthemum's name is accepted and desired by all the kids at school.  

After reading the story, we learned about our new "Reading Response Logs".  Everybody wrote the date and the title in their new book.  Then we practiced writing or drawing about what we noticed in the story.  

Some students drew their picture and then I helped them write a sentence about it.  Others practiced using their "kid writing" to record their thinking.  I was SO PROUD of my readers, writers and thinkers!  

We will use this Reading Response Log for the remainder of the year to record our thinking and learning together. It will be a great way to watch each student grow!

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