Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fact, Opinion and Frogs

We have done some fun things in 4th grade lately!

We did our Fact and Opinion unit.

And I tied that with Persuasive Writing. The kids really like that, and we worked on our five paragraph essay.

We've also tied two texts together-an interview from our series and a nonfiction article on frogs!

We worked between the two texts, comparing and contrasting them, as well as talking about how the information differed based on the genre-and the purpose of each!

More fun things to come-18 1/2 days left!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Race Never Ends...

Well, hello!

It's hard to believe that May is almost over-it seems like it just started!

Between Science NECAP testing, placement, a workshop, and MAP testing (for the rest of the week), I've felt like I'm running a race that has no ending (hence the no blogging thing).

I've also become...disenchanted? disillusioned? with our reading program.

I've been trying to figure out how to save it, make it more interesting to the kids and do the CC (which the program is no way aligned to even though it says it is)-and I've decided that I can't. (At least not at this point in the game-we'll try fresh next year)(hence the no blogging thing).

I've decided to do a whole-class novel study, focusing on the CC, making it fun and doing a lapbook for end of year fun.

Now I just need to choose! I'm thinking either Frindle (which some of my class has read/heard-but I can get enough copies for everyone) or Enemy in the Fort (which I might not be able to source enough copies-I'll have to check).

We still have a month left (exactly!)-but I'm ready for it to be over. My class this year has been good-but boy, I am tired.

This has been a very tiring year with piloting, new assessments, new district/state stuff, more students and more challenging students. I'm ready for a break!

To keep my balance, I've been crafting a lot-trying to make good use of that 'me' time! I've finished and done some pretty fun things! :)

Here's to the home stretch-hopefully the end comes in sight soon!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Made It

Happy Monday!
April was a very crafty month for me (thanks for April Break in the middle)!

I did two paintings at a paint bar-which I loved and am definitely going back to!

I did these over vacation-most of the paint bars in my state are a little more than an hour away-so some planning is needed! If you are ever looking for one (and I can recommend that you do-tons of fun!) just Google 'paintbar' with your state and some should pop up!

I also finished the afghan I started last month.

And started on a new one!
This one is a 'corner to corner'-so I'm working diagaonally-I'm a little more than halfway there! It's working up fairly quickly-I started on the 29th!

(Thanks to vacation and Doctor Who marathon! ;)

I love the way it's turning out-it should be around 60 in. x 60 in. when I'm done-big enough for me! (which is how I measure the ones made for me...sometimes it pays to be little! :)

Smiles and Sunshine,