Monday, April 21, 2014

Poetry Time!

Although I teach poetry throughout the year, I absolutely love our review unit to pull it all together.  They get to choose their subjects.  Usually our poetry throughout the year is more thematic based, seasonal, or from content.  Kill two birds with one stone!  We started today by coloring the cover page and we completed the Acrostic poem and Couplets.  I love to read their poetry!  I put a slide on the smart board to explain each poem.  It also has a sample or two. I also have rhyming dictionaries for students to use while writing.  It is best if they wrote a rough draft on scrap paper before putting the final on the template.  It helps avoid eraser marks.  My students love to use markers so I tell them to use scrap paper under the page since it bleeds through.  This is my first time blogging on my phone!  I hope it works!

I have a Poetry Slam (slides/posters) of different poetry along with elements of poetry and how to analyze poetry!    

I also have these cute templates if you need them.  It is called Poetry Portfolio.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Break Sale!

Since I am having so much fun with my kids on break, I want to offer something to all my followers who are working!  I had a major jelly belly when some of you were on break last week and I will probably be just as jealous next week when I return.  BUT for now, I am on break and want to say THANK YOU to all!  This picture was taken today on Wrightsville Beach.  Cold water but beautiful sunshiny day!

Toes in the Sand

Spring Break has finally arrived.  So much anticipation!  My son, his friend and I drove down to Wilmy (Wilmington, NC) to visit my daughter at college.  It was a beautiful drive and absolutely perfect weather!  I am still pinching myself that my freshman in college wanted her brother and mother to stay with her at her apartment instead of getting a hotel.  Really?  I am so glad that we are so tight.  I am also glad that my hubby listened to my pouting about trading in my convertible for a family vehicle.  We decided to keep it for a while longer and hope that his car lasts longer to be our family car.  It has been so much fun driving around at the beach in our convertible.  Nobody had much faith in me when we were packing though.  All my bags, food, and two tall teenagers in my little car.  No worries!  We got it all in!  It was an awesome weekend to come down....The Azalea Festival!  If you've never visited Wilmy, add it to your list!  Adorable town on the water with Wrightsville Beach a few miles away.  The festival had food and craft vendors, entertainment, and local shops open. We walked around and listened to some street bands.  Then we headed to the beach.  I am blessed to have both my kids by my side on such a sunshiny weekend!

My babies on UNCW campus.

Stopped on campus at Port City Java for a Green Wave.  Yes, still trying the diet!

I took my baby to her favorite restaurant- Islands

We went to Azalea Festival in downtown.

This was in a little shop.  I think I should go back and get it.

Ahhh. Toes in the sand.  

Are you doing anything fun for break?

Friday, April 11, 2014

I made it!!!!!!!

Woo woo!  Oh yeah!  That's what I'm sayin!  I made it through the last day before spring break!  It was helpful that we had a career day today that took up an hour of our time.  My little cherups were excited but we were mostly outside and they could wiggle around and be a louder than normal.  I was impressed with the stations we got to experience.  We had some amazing speakers who told us about their jobs.

 Limousine Owner
 Fireman- They got called away while we were there!  

 This man runs this massive beast of equipment and fixes roads in our county.
 He makes signs for the county.
He is a big wig for Coke!

He is a sheriff who does his job on horseback.

Can you guess who was my students' favorite?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Positive thinking Thursday

Link up with me at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for Positive Thinking Thursday!

Here is mine:


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday~ Prepare for Testing

How do you prepare for state testing?  I start off with a review of poetry and poetry elements.  I have two weeks after spring break to get ready!  I then plan on doing a review of other 4th grade skills with a jeopardy game and some notebooking.  Our school holds a pep rally and gives students test taking strategies on the morning news.  I would love to hear your ideas!  Do you do anything cute for the kids?  I think I'm having a hard time with the wordless part.  Ha!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Examples of Going West Journals

Not only are the covers of these journals creative, but my students' writing blew me away!  They really jumped into the 1840's and wrote with incredible feelings.  I actually found myself smiling, laughing, and even tearing up while reading them.  They know how to touch my heart!  We started off with the read aloud, Dear Levi:  Letters from the Overland Trail by Elvira Woodruff.  Then brainstormed hardships, friendships and things they encountered.

He wanted to make sure it looked dirty from the trail.  Love it!

These are wrinkled and the one on the right is even torn so it could look more realistic.

 I loved this one!  They got ahold of the feathers, yarn and beads that we used when making dream catchers in our Native American Unit so I allowed it.  Why not?  Creativity was busting out the seams!  This student took her booklet, folded and tied it.  It may not be the neatest or most colorful, but her description of what each thing was for was precious!

I was so happy to even see my nonwriters excited about writing.  Sorry about having to lean sideways.  I haven't perfected iphone pictures and uploads yet!  Here are the directions for their booklets and ideas to use (after our brainstorm).

If you need these to print these off, they are only $2 in my store with a rubric!