In class, we are currently learning about what it means to persuade which will lead us into writing a persuasive letter in the coming weeks.
One of the activities that we began with was an activity called 4 Corners. Each corner of the classroom had a sign that read either Strongly Agree, Agree, Strongly Disagree, Disagree. The students had to think about their position on the topic given and decide which sign to stand under. They needed to be able to justify why they believed what they did and were even allowed to change their minds if another group persuaded them to do so.
Topics ranged from “Should animal testing be allowed?” to “Should children be allowed to have a TV in their bedroom?”. Several students were very passionate about their opinion while others were more easily swayed in any direction. Lots of chatter and discussion around these topics gave the students plenty of opportunity to practice their debating skills and how to respectfully disagree.
As a fun way to wrap up our hard work in writing fiction, we held a special Author’s Party in our class today. The students seemed to enjoy reading each other’s stories and were very proud of their efforts.
There were stories of camping disasters, auditioning for a play, overcoming losing hair due to childhood cancer, playing baseball, soccer-playing dogs, dance competitions, and so much more! I enjoyed reading them all and hope you continue to look for new and interesting things to write about. You have so much to say!
As we move further into writing our Realistic Fiction drafts, we have revisited the writing strategy called Show, Don’t Tell.
So, what is Show, Don’t Tell? Watch the video below to find out!
After several examples and some practice work at home, too, students partnered with a buddy in class and looked closely at their own writing to find at least 1 example where applying the strategy would help bump up their work.
Students have been busily writing their opinions on various topics. We brainstormed ‘hot topics‘. Some of the ideas that were generated in our class included:
should our school have a junior/intermediate playground?
should our school have a pool?
should animals be kept in zoos?
do boys and girls have equal ability when it comes to sports?
should there be year round schooling
We are learning to structure our writing with an opening sentence clearly stating our opinion followed by 3 reasons why we believe it to be so. Finally, we finish with a concluding sentence, restating our opinion.
Have a look below at the students engaged in a sharing activity called “Inside/Outside Circle” where the outside circle rotates and the inside circle stays. Students share their paragraph and receive feedback on their work.
What’s something you feel very strongly FOR or AGAINST?
Our students are thrilled to have pen-pals this year. We are partnered with a Grade 3 class from Texas. Our students brainstormed, drafted, and wrote their good copy of their very first pen-pal letter and also drew a picture to accompany the letter. We learned about the parts that make up a letter and how to properly address an envelope. Our letters should arrive in Texas on Tuesday. I will ask Mrs. J for her to take a picture of her class opening our parcel and reading our letters!
We are super excited to receive letters in return! We hope they arrive before Christmas.
As we gear up forChristmas, our days are filled with plenty of learning, discussion, and activity. Students talk about their Elf on the Shelf, what their plans are for Christmas, decorating their tree, and get excited as we being to play Christmas music.
Check out our students in action in various subject areas over the past few weeks.
playing “Dueling Flipcharts” as we learn about common nouns
running out of time!
Buster the Bus was here
Angles hunt around the classroom.
Students noticed an obtuse angle made by the doc cam
As we wrapped up our narrative unit, students were asked to work with a partner to share their work and use criteria to help them ensure their peer has all the important ingredients in their story. Students worked together to analyze the writing and see where they can bump it up!
We can’t wait to share our published stories with you!