On the 3rd Day of School...

Wow is all I can say about the kiddos I have this year... they are quite different from the group we had last year and I am thankful!  The first two days were crazy with all of the meetings and going over the campus rules, but finally we got down to the nitty gritty today.  I teach both Reading and English to 3 period of kiddos and wanted to share what we did today.  It was cram packed, but we got everything done and with a smile on our faces.  :)
During reading we started our reading spirals for the year... which included the table of contents, 2012-2013 Texas Bluebonnet list, and Real vs. Fake reading.
The table of contents will be a huge timesaver later in the year...
The students can use the Bluebonnet list to check off as they read and take AR tests.  They can earn rewards for reading and passing a certain number of tests.  Our goal is 10... pizza and ice cream party!!
We had an awesome time brainstorming and making an anchor chart for real vs fake reading.  After we discussed it thoroughly, the students got to move around the room and "model" real reading.  They also wrote this in their spirals.
We also put together our Writing Notebook. Today we focused on what authors do and the writing process.
We thought about the process that writers go through and wrote them in order in our spirals.  Some of the students even learned the word "jot".
On the next page we glued in the writing process.  We didn't talk too much about it today.  All we did was look at the order because we were going to use it in a GAME!!
We played battle with the writing process.  The farther in the process the more the word was worth, so rubric beat everything.  The students had such an awesome time playing!!
Wouldn't you want to end your day with these faces?!?
Hope you enjoyed our day... I am tired just thinking about it!!


  1. Love the "Real vs. Fake" reading! I was using a D5 version of "What Students are Doing vs. What Teachers are Doing", but I like this much more!

  2. I love your real reading vs fake reading chart and would love to use it when I start next week!


  3. Looks like you are off to a great start :)

  4. I enjoyed your preview of your journals!

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  5. I love your anchor chart. The fake reading list cracked me up--yes an upside down book isn't really reading!

  6. How do you play the game with the writing process? It looks super fun!

    1. On the cards are the steps of the writing process. The higher in the writing process the more its worth. IT is played like "battle".

  7. I love that they played a game with the writing process!! Journals look great!!

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