A Glimpse into Merriman's Menagerie
Can I State My Opinion?
From here, we tackled the research portion of the prompt by reading both texts. We worked on our annotation skills (aka highlighting). We discussed the difference between highlighting text for a certain purpose and highlighting the text because we like to highlight stuff. We worked on highlighting only specific information and even created a key for our task. We highlighted anything that was information about guinea pigs being good apartment pets and put a smiley face by that, and then we highlighted anything where it showed guinea pigs being not good for apartment living and put a sad face by that. The goal of this was to teach them to read text carefully and to pull out information relevant to the purpose of their writing NOT to highlight the entire text. This was a neat exercise in our critical thinking and reading skills.
After this, we completed a graphic organizer that is going to organize our draft. We used the OREO organizer (O-pinion, R-eason, E-vidence, O-pinion restated). We completed this along with including evidence from both texts. Next week we will work on creating a class example of a final paragraph. Students then will begin to work on this process on their own. They will compare their original prompt to the one we as a class worked on and do a reflection of this process.
topic sentence (our opinion)
closing sentence (with transition like 'clearly,' 'in conclusion,' or 'thus.'
text evidence (with lead in like 'the text states/says,' 'according to the text,' or specific title used OR specific paragraph [i.e. 'in paragraph 4, it states...']
pulling apart the prompt (DO/WHAT) chart
transition words (like next, also, along with that, etc.)
First Week with Reading Folders
Students turned in their reading folders on Friday. Thank you to all who helped your children with this venture. Please let me know if you have any concerns with this. If your child's books are too difficult or easy. The books will vary and will change on levels. Since this was week 1, I didn't was to overwhelm them with too tough of text. I based their book choices on their Star levels. These will change throughout the year. The links represent each class and represent an hour that a child read this week. Way to go!!!!!
Those who read for at least 60 minutes this week added to their class chain
My other hour readers...way to go!!!!!
First Week with Reading Folders
We also worked on subject-verb agreement. We discussed how we talk WAY more than we read or write, so we are often able to hear agreement issues before we spot them in writing. Therefore a helpful strategy in finding agreement issues is to read the question out loud to oneself.
Mrs. Kara Merriman
Sorry for the later newsletter!!! With the Fall Festival, I wasn't able to sit down and write it during my daughters' gymnastics times. As a rule, I will try to get my newsletter will out Friday evenings.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding my class. Emails and agendas are the best way to get in touch. I generally do not have much time throughout the school day to get to my emails, but I try my best to communicate within a timely fashion. I love your children and want to see them see success in my classroom. My goal is to promote and encourage strong readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers!! Thank you for your support and kindness!
Our book fair is going on. We had the opportunity to visit it to check it out. We all created wish lists. What a great opportunity to invest in some new and exciting novels AND support our school. The book fair has always been a favorite of mine. I am a book fanatic!!!!
This week our focus was on agreement. They caught on very quickly!
Pointer Practice with Technology
We used my inter write board to point our my mistakes early on in the week. Sadly this was the only day because I could not get my interwrite board to connect. Hopefully I will soon know how to fix this because they sure did enjoy using it.
Word Work this Week...'ow' says long o
Sept 23-Oct 1 BOOK FAIR!!!
Sept 29- Book Fair Family Night from 4-7
Oct 2 -End of 1st 9 Weeks/ Geography Test
Oct. 5-9 Fall Break
Oct 15-Report cards/Skate night
Oct 16- ROAR party