Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop Catch-Up

I'm ready to say goodbye to February and usher in some warmth!  Snow is nice and all, but I'm over it!  Here is my Sunday Scoop for the week brought to you by the fabulous Teacher Trio (Kristen, Juliet, and Cassie).  Click the picture below to find out more!
I just recently applied to grad school to go back for a second masters (not sure what I'm thinking), but I've always been interested in getting my reading specialist degree.  I have no intention of doing anything with it right away, but is something I want to have the option of doing in the future.  I've always really enjoyed teaching in the arena of literacy (which pervades so much of our teaching) and would love to gain more expertise.  I do have a bit of prep for school (some committee work and school things) and then I'm hoping to continue on the working out path that I have planned for myself. 

I'm doing a program called Turbo Fire created by Chalene Johnson.  It's got a kickboxingish base, which I really enjoy!  I've dragged a few of my teaching pals to do it, and I think (although you never know) that seem to like it to.  I've just entered the 6th week of it and her HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).  I like that some of the workouts are quick but you get a lot out of them.    Last week I lost a little steam and so I'm hoping to get back on track this week.  

I haven't watched the Oscars in a while, but it's fun to sit back and watch them.  Maybe I'll workout with it on in the background.  :)  
The yoga piece is more about taking a moment each week to do something that slows me down and forces me to "breath!"  

I'm so looking forward to my spring break.  It's the first year I'm not traveling far.  I hope to just catch up and rest.  :) 

Here are some pics from the last few weeks in the classroom.  Most of them are from the world of literacy (big surprise).  This is one set of lesson we did on questioning in the context of fairy tales.  The boys are always hesitant at first, but once we dive into it and show the millions of different versions that exist (ex:  Joe Cinders, Prince Cinders, Cinderella Bigfoot, Dinoerella, etc.) they really like it.  In this lesson I used a read-aloud (Joe Cinders) to help them practice using questions.  First we set a purpose for why good readers ask questions and then talked about how questions are useful before, during, and after reading.  The thinking stems really helped some of my readers who need support stating their ideas in a way that makes sense to others and includes details that show their understanding.  If you read the questions below, you can see their connections to other fairy tales and how it helped them to ask thoughtful questions.  

It was so neat to see how quickly they became excited about the story, because they were using questioning as a strategy.  I found students going, "Yes!" I knew it and discovering that their questions.  As a follow up, I had them track question during their independent reading time as well.  This will be a strategy we will definitely circle back to, but it also helps me to see the depth of thinking going on for each student and which ones I want to push further.  
 This is just a snapshot of our CAFE menu at this time of year.  We recently finished a unit on Fables where we spent time focusing in on building fluency.  Each group performed a Reader's Theater and my students were quite excited.
 This anchor chart was at the culmination of a Small Moment unit (narrative writing with Lucy Calkins) we just finished.    They each chose their favorite small moment they had written and we took it through the editing and revising steps (as you can see below).
 This anchor chart is a lesson I did to activate their schema for a unit I am teaching in Science based on the study of fossils and dinosaurs.  This thinking routine is from Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchart and David Perkins.  I did a blog post not that long ago about it here.  Our art teacher inspired me to use either an artist's rendering of dinosaurs or a snapshot of fossils to see what students could identify.  Next up, we will be doing an integrated art and science project where each class that I teach (I teach all 3 2nd grades) will recreate an extinction site for their dinosaur based on three theories; The Ice Age, Volcanic Eruption, and an Asteroid hitting the earth.  I'm excited to see what they will create!  They are pretty excited.  I'll share more details soon!
 My last anchor chart was a triple Venn Diagram we used to highlight our ongoing understanding of how to make text-to-text connections as we read.  We have done this in the large group, small group, and even individually with their independent reading.  We haven't quite finished it, but you get a sense of how the students are learning to make deeper connections as they read.  In writing, we are beginning a unit on writing adaptations of fairy tales.  This ability to compare (find things that are alike) and contrast (find things that are different) and how they apply to a variety of versions is a goal we have for our 2nd graders.  (see standard below)
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Well, I'm off to watch the Oscars and hopefully workout!  Enjoy your week everyone!  


Ha Dinh said...

Hi Laura!

Love all the anchor charts! The kids really love using them, and they are great tools in the classroom. Congratulations on going back to get your second Masters! How long is the program?

Happy Days in First Grade

Ms. Pretzel said...

Thanks Ha! :)