Poetry In Motion

Our writing program has a fantastic unit on exploring poetry.  The first week of the unit is all about experiencing poetry through movement.  Here is a clip of our class acting out their visualizations!

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Learning about the non-fiction writing genre has some exciting surprises!

We use Being A Writer by Developmental Studies.  This program is a K-6 genre based comprehensive writing program.  In Kindergarten, our 4th unit is called, “Just the Facts,” and has the students exploring a number of different trade books to support non-fiction writing anchor texts.  This past week, we read the book, Mr. Santizo’s Tasty Treats by Alice K. Flanagan.   In this story, we read facts about Mr. Santizo and his work, life, and family.  Next, we interviewed an adult in our school community so we could learn more facts about his life.  We decided to interview Mr. Pierce, our principal.  The Kindergarteners loved learning about Mr. Pierce’s Family and interests!  As a special treat, Mrs. McCulley used Mr. Santizo’s chocolate chip cookie recipe in the back of the book to make us some tasty treats!

Mr. Santizo is a baker in Chicago.  This anchor text helped us learn how to organize facts about others when writing!

Mr. Santizo is a baker in Chicago. This anchor text helped us learn how to organize facts about others when writing!

We generated questions to ask Mr. Pierce that could help us learn more about him.  We used his answers to write facts!

We generated questions to ask Mr. Pierce that could help us learn more about him. We used his answers to write facts!

 

Yummy!  Mrs. McCulley's Tasty Treats are delicious:)

Yummy! Mrs. McCulley’s Tasty Treats are delicious:)

Snow Globe Writing

This is one of my favorite writing lessons all year!  On Wednesday, we read a story called, Snow Music, by Lynne Rae Perkins.  The story was an imaginary look at life inside of a snow globe.  Afterwards, students brainstormed different things they would like to do if they lived in a snow globe!  Most of the class was finishing writing and working on illustrating their pictures.  So, they will be able to finish when we return in January.  After they write and illustrate, I will spray the globe picture with some glitter paint so it sparkles!

Delaney was able to finish her snow globe before Snowmageddon 2012!  We will finish when we get back from Winter Break:)

Delaney was able to finish her snow globe before Snowmageddon 2012! We will finish when we get back from Winter Break:)